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Ownership and Value Creation: Strategic Corporate Governance in the New Economy

ISBN: 978-0-471-63219-1
320 pages
February 2001
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"Who owns the modern company? And how should owners behave? Rolf H. Carlsson brings a fresh eye and historical depth to the issue of ownership, management and value creation that every firm and its owners must consider."
Frances Cairncross, Management Editor, The Economist

"Rolf H. Carlsson gives a valuable historical review and illustrates with cases how active ownership has played an important role in company development...gives...interesting views on where corporate governance is heading and...advice on how to make it work well."
Percy Barnevik, Chairman of ABB, AstraZeneca, Investor, and Sandvik; Director (non-exec.) of GM

"The nuanced and rich analysis of ownership competence which can be found in Rolf H. Carlsson's book goes far beyond the traditional debate and provides truly interesting and valuable insights for investors, industrialists, entrepreneurs, and owners both in the private and the public sectors."
Richard Normann, Professor, Chairman of SMG

"Rolf H. Carlsson (analyses the) process...of (creating) long-term shareholder value...in which our model for corporate governance is key, and provides valuable insights into our approach to business."
Marcus Wallenberg, CEO, Investor AB

"Rolf H. Carlsson's...book on ownership (has been) eagerly awaited by the governance community. Carlsson is uniquely able to illumine those areas in which Swedish corporate structuring has been ahead of the world. It is a book that we all look forward to reading."
Robert A. G. Monks, Principal, Lens Investment Management

"Carlsson...outlines a powerful frame of reference and analytical tools to address issues of value creation and the role of active owners. This book is a significant contribution to the all-important issues of corporate governance. I was intrigued and pleased to read it."
Richard H. Koppes, Jones Day and Stanford Law School; former General Counsel, CalPERS

"...adds new perspectives by highlighting the demanding challenges of globalisation. A remarkable new book on the crucial issues of ownership and corporate governance."
Dr R. Marsch-Barner, Senior Counsel, Deutsche Bank AG

"This innovative book puts the spotlight on those who have the ultimate responsibility for corporate governance, the owners. It provides useful insight into the ways of effective ownership."
Professor Jay W. Lorsch, Harvard Business School
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Table of Contents

Endorsements.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

ACTIVATING AND RENEWING OWNERSHIP: Emergence, Driving Forces, Current Agendas, and Future of Corporate Governance.

An Introduction to Corporate Governance.

The CalPERS Story: Pioneering and Establishing Corporate Governance in the USA.

US Corporate Governance since the mid 1990s and Current Agenda.

The Combined Code and Corporate Governance in the UK.

Germany - the Big Challenge.

France: Le Corporate Governance -
Now's the Time?

Japan -
A New Restoration in the Offing?

Convergence or Confusion? Summing Up Country Analyses.

Corporate Governance -
Where Will It Go?

OWNERSHIP MAKES A DIFFERENCE: A Case Study of the Wallenberg Sphere.

Ownership Makes a Difference.

The Wallenberg Sphere and the Future.

CONCEPTUALISATION AND PROFESSIONALISATION.

Ownership and Value Creation -
Towards a Conceptual Framework.

Strategic Corporate Governance -
How to Make It Work?

Appendix 1: Interview List.

Appendix 2: Frame of Reference.

Appendix 3: The Wallenberg Sphere. Facts, Critical Events, and Examples of Active Ownership. Appendix to Part II.

Notes.

References.

Index.
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Author Information

Rolf H. Carlsson is a Senior Advisor on issues of business strategy, value creation, organisation, and corporate governance. Since the early 1970s he has worked as an international management consultant for SIAR and SIAR Bossard, now part of the Cap Gemini Ernst Young. Before that he worked in an investment/venture capital company and a commerical bank.

He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and he is a Senior Research Fellow of Scandinavian Institutes for Administrative Research, SIAR.

Rolf H. Carlsson has published several books on ownership in Swedish. He can be reached via e-mail: rc@crrc.se
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