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Book Lounge events provide authors with opportunities to discuss and market their recent publications. Book Lounge events are free, one hour, facilitated online events which are open to the public and provide attendees with an opportunity to engage with the author(s). If you are an author and would like discuss your publication at a Book Lounge event, please get in touch.

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Book Lounge Event

Our most recent Book Lounge event took place on 22 June 2021

Community members can access the video of the launch here.

The Healthy Company is a handbook for directors and executives – and those on their way to getting there. Leading a company today means managing the uses of its resources and relationships and how it deals with the resulting effects over time as these effects will come back to impact the company, negatively or positively, in the future. It is this circle of integrated thinking that is essential to a healthy and sustainable company. The book considers a company’s purpose and strategy under an integrated thinking approach. It also takes readers through a history of the company structure itself and the corporate revolutions that have happened along the way.

Book Shelf

This is a brand new initiative, so our Book Shelf is pretty bare. We hope you can help us fill the shelf with your best reads. The publications we have recommended so far have all been published since 2010 and are available for purchase using the links provided. Additional free resources are available for community members on the community portal If you would like to recommend a publication, whether free or for purchase, please let us know.

The Evolution of Corporate Governance
(Elements in Corporate Governance)

In this Element, the origins of corporate governance are reviewed. The development of corporate governance in the twentieth century around the world is explored, some unresolved issues in both principle and practice are identified and various theories of corporate governance are described and contrasted. The subject is seen to be in search of its paradigm and a systems theoretical relationship between the theories is suggested. The need to rethink the concept of the limited liability company is argued, and a call is made for the development of a philosophy of corporate governance.

Outcomes-Based Governance: A modern approach to corporate governance

Corporate governance principles, codes and regulations have developed over the past few years to cater for the challenging realities of a changing world. These advances come in the wake of revelations of weaknesses in organisational leadership and structures, and amid vocal calls for transparency. Corporate governance as a tool for sustainable development of businesses is now more relevant than ever. A recent trend has been to approach corporate governance principles from an ‘outcomes based’ perspective. This requires businesses to consider the benefits of good governance properly applied and fully achieved.

The Auditor: Quo Vadis?

The audit profession is at a tipping point. Without significant innovation in its business model, staff recruitment strategies and audit execution processes, the audit profession may not remain relevant in the 21st century. Yet, the audit profession is in place to protect businesses, their wider stakeholder groups, including clients and investors, and society at large. Therefore, this book asks the important question about the profession’s future and engages a broad readership in the discussion of audit failure and reform.

Stop the Rot:
Reframing Governance for Directors and Politicians

This book pulls no punches and directly challenges directors and politicians to reframe their thinking about ‘governance’ to address the public’s distrust of them. This is the ROT that needs to be STOPPED. This book is truly radical in going back to basics and then designing a new national action learning system between the four main players overseen by continuous public scrutiny. It is designed to counter the official reports of organisational failure that end too frequently with the weasel words ‘but the main problem was a failure of corporate governance’. This book shows what can be done.

The Chief Value Officer:
Accountants Can Save the Planet

Integrated Reporting is having a profound impact on corporate thinking and reporting. Value is being assessed on the basis of the sources of value creation used by an organisation and not through a financial lens alone. In Chief Value Officer: Accountants Can Save the Planet, Mervyn King, a global corporate governance and reporting leader, challenges some of the systemic issues preventing organisations from managing in an integrated value-creation way.

Corporate Governance:
Principles, Policies, and Practices

This book is designed to equip students with a sound understanding of the frameworks that govern organizations. It offers comprehensive coverage of key principles combined with a strong practical focus through a clear three-part structure. This fourth edition provides a new focus for understanding corporate governance that goes far beyond the regulations, rules, and voluntary codes: it has a new emphasis throughout on culture. For the first time, a distinction is drawn between Western and Eastern perceptions of corporate governance, and new cases from China (including Huawei) further support this new approach.

Business Ethics:
A stakeholder, governance and risk approach

Unconventionally, this book argues that business ethics are basic to running business, not a separate subject. They are inherent to the governance and management of every organization, not an optional exercise in corporate citizenship. Business ethics concern behaviour in business and the behaviour of business. Decisions at every level in a company have ethical implications – strategically in the board room, managerially throughout the organization, and operationally in all of its activities. The book not only considers what business ethics are, and why they are important, but offers practical approaches on how to develop a successful corporate ethics culture.

Integrate: Doing Business in the 21st Century

Different corporate tools are needed for doing business today. One of the four corporate tools for today’s business is integrated thinking. This extends strategy and daily management beyond the pure financial to encompass the social and environmental factors that deeply affect a company’s future viability in the 21st century. Integrated thinking leads to another tool – the integrated report. This tells the company’s story of how it creates value and how it can create value in the future. This book offers practical guidance on integrated thinking and the integrated report.

The Fish Rots From The Head: The Crisis in our Boardrooms: Developing the Crucial Skills of the Competent Director

As a Chinese proverb says ‘The fish rots from the head’ and so it is with businesses and other organisations – the buck starts and stops in the boardroom. This third edition of Bob Garratt’sbestselling book that highlights the importance of effectivecorporate governance has been extensively updated following the corporate scandals of the early 2000s – Enron, WorldCom, Tyco – and the abysmal boardroom standards that the recent credit crunch and ensuing global financial crisis brought to light.

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