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Corporate Governance Community eBooks

The following eBooks are available to ICAEW members, ICAEW students and members of the Corporate Governance Community.

501 questions and answers for company directors and company secretaries

The book is written in a question and answer format. It endeavours to cover the major issues of interest to company directors and secretaries, with a particular emphasis on the Companies Act. Its chapters cover company fundamentals, rights and duties of directors, shares, debentures and dividends, listed companies and corporate governance, managing meetings, accounts and audit, and managing financial difficulties.

A to Z of corporate social responsibility (2nd edition)

An easy-to-use guide to the rapidly expanding field of corporate social responsibility, featuring around 350 entries: from general concepts such as sustainability, stakeholder management, business ethics and human rights to more specific topics such as carbon trading, microfinance, biodiversity, the Base of the Pyramid model and globalisation.

Accounting principles for non-executive directors

Aims to explain the key elements of a listed company's annual report and accounts for non-executive directors who are not accountants.

Audit committee handbook, The (5th edition)

Comprehensive guide to audit committee responsibilities. Updated to include new regulatory guidance impacting audit committees, including new chapters on audit oversight and updated discussions on fraud risk. Written from an American perspective.

Auditing the risk management process

Guide to auditing the risk management process, including developments in risk management which are relevant to auditors. Contains the following chapters: why risk management?; determining risk management maturity; enterprise-wide risk management; risk appetite; control risk self-assessment; developing an audit approach; the illusion of perfection; and a holistic ERM concept.

Blind spots, biases and other pathologies in the boardroom

Explores how boards can fail to provide good corporate governance by falling victim to problems inherent in all groups such as collective blind spots, biases and inefficiencies.

Boardroom disputes

Unless a board of directors is very small and/or cohesive, it is likely that disagreements will occur at some point between the various members. This book is a guide to effective board decision making through various potential stages of a dispute and highlights the various legal considerations to bear in mind when considering what action to take.

Boardroom realities: building leaders across your board

A guide to the key issues facing boards. Includes the latest trends in board leadership and performance as well as talent management for the board and the C-suite. Also includes a chapter on CEO succession and the challenges and opportunities this can present. Improving a board's performance and impact is also covered.

Boards that deliver

Guide for CEOs and directors on advancing corporate governance from compliance to competitive advantage. Contains useful tools and techniques to help take boards and their companies to a higher level of performance.

Boards that make a difference

This book is about leadership and governance in nonprofit and public organisations. Rather than describe nonprofit and public boards, councils and commissions as they are, it puts forward a model of how they can be. Written from an American perspective.

Building better boards: a blueprint for effective governance

Presents practical advice on how to build better boards and effective corporate governance. It includes who should be on the board and how to judge the performance of these individuals, the leadership of the board and critical activities that boards should perform.

Business ethics and values

Introduces students to the complexities and principles of ethical issues by focusing on developing ethical awareness and the ability to argue business ethics matters. It blends business issues and academic theory, and is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students with or without practical experience of the world of business.

Business ethics: a case study approach

Explores issues relating to ethics and ethical behavior in organisations using insightful case studies that look at every angle of ethical lapses.

Business ethics: the ethical revolution of minority shareholders

Book based on qualitative and inductive research which looks at why and how companies do not act ethically towards their minority shareholders. The cases presented are based on current events and try to find the common aspects and basic rules that govern wrongdoing to minority shareholders.

Changing auditors

Selecting the right audit firm is an important choice. Running the tendering process and making the recommendation to the board in relation to the appointment of the external auditor is a fundamental part of the role of the audit committee, where one exists. However, auditor appointment is an important matter for shareholders as the auditor reports to them, and so the recommendation for appointment or re-appointment is ultimately for them to approve in general meeting.

Charity law and governance: a practical guide

Guidance on the legal and regulatory framework within which both registered and unregistered charities in England and Wales operate. This title looks at the meaning of governance in the charity sector and the link between law, good governance and the role of trustees in the stewardship of charitable funds and assets. Title has been revised to cover the latest developments in charity law and governance, including the 2015 Charities SORP and The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.

Company director's desktop guide

A practical guide for company directors, fully updated to reflect the Companies Act 2006. Covers changes to the law made by the new Act, with guidance on the implications for directors and action to be taken.

Company secretary's handbook (11th edition)

An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Coverage is comprehensive, from incorporation to winding up, detailing the procedures associated with boards of directors, company meetings, reporting, shares, and share registration. The Handbook also contains chapters on listed company compliance, corporate governance, company investigations, takeovers and mergers, and insolvency. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents, appendices, a glossary of key terms, and a directory of key company secretarial resources. The 5th edition of this title is available through our Ebook Central subscription.

Corpocracy: how CEOs and the business roundtable hijacked the world's greatest wealth machine - and how to get it back

The book argues that profit-driven corporate governance has had a negative effect on society. It makes a case for shareholder activism as a means of creating a culture of corporate social responsibility.

Corporate governance handbook

The ICSA Corporate Governance Handbook provides full explanations of the statutory and regulatory regime applicable to listed companies but also addresses how governance best practice might be applied by private companies, including subsidiaries.

Corporate governance: a practical guide for accountants

The book's chapters cover the concept of corporate governance, codes and rules pertaining to corporate governance, shareholders and the Companies Act 2006, internal controls and risk management, disclosure and reporting responsibilities, and directors' remuneration.

Corporate governance: a practical guide to the legal frameworks and international codes of practice

The book covers corporate governance in the English-speaking world, its application to different business sectors, duties of directors and the company secretary, the Combined Code and financial reporting, business risk management, internal control, audit, IT governance, and corporate social responsibility.

Corporate insolvency

A guide to the main legislative provisions relating to corporate insolvency in England and Wales. Directors duties and the the issues faced by boards in financial difficulty are also considered.

Corporate reputation, the brand and the bottom line

The book introduces the basic principles of reputation management and shows how a strong reputation can be achieved. It coves policies for board effectiveness, long-term reputation management, public relations planning, marketing and public relations, talent management, public affairs, crisis management, and personal development tips for building strong communication skills.

Creating and implementing an ethics policy

When creating and implementing a corporate ethics policy, it is important to spend quality time thinking about ethics and considering the issues from a number of different perspectives. This eBook provides a framework and guides readers through the process of formulating, writing and implementing the optimal ethics policy for their organisation.

Directors guide (5th edition)

The ICSA Director's Guide explains all the core duties and liabilities of being a director from appointment to resignation, including disclosures, shareholder relations and corporate governance. This book provides practical help for common issues faced by both executive and non-executive directors,

Directors' dilemmas: tales from the frontline

The book is split into three sections. It begins with a tour through the kinds of problems encompassed by directors' duties, followed by look at basic principles for resolving them. The third part of the book is a series of over 20 dilemmas, each of which is described and discussed.

Directors' disclosures

This guide provides an overview of disclosure requirements for the directors of a UK-incorporated company. It gives a summary of the relevant law and regulation affecting directors duties for listed companies (both Main Market and AIM), but is also of relevance for UK private companies.

Directors' remuneration

This guide provides an overview of the existing legislation and regulatory regime relating to directors' remuneration for both private and quoted companies in the UK. It also examines the development of corporate governance influences on executive remuneration and considers some of the proposed legislative and regulatory reforms following the banking crisis and heightened shareholder reaction to excessive remuneration policies.

Doing business with China: avoiding the pitfalls

The book's chapters cover the political and cultural issues associated with China, the business ethics involved in Chinese joint ventures, risk management, corporate governance, the regulatory environment, crisis management and debt restructuring. The information on the Chinese business environment will be useful to anyone working abroad. The book also includes case studies analysing unsuccessful joint ventures with businesses in China.

Driven to the brink: why corporate governance, board leadership and culture matter

A collection of stories about how inadequate governance and flawed culture caused a massive destruction of shareholder value. The book draws lessons from in-depth case studies of the Libor scandal, Olympus, Co-op, Kids Company and others. It also examines the large, emerging and less widely understood world of Corporate China with detailed discussion of the Lixel and Glaxo frauds.

Encyclopedia of ethics

Guide to ethical theory as pursued by English-speaking philosophers, with 581 peer-reviewed entries. Includes conceptual definitions relevant to business ethics.

Enron and world finance: a case study in ethics

The book takes an in-depth look at the issues of corporate governance, law and ethics involved in the Enron case, and of the policy responses to the recent corporate scandals in the USA and internationally. It contains chapters on international norms in business ethics, corporate governance failure, audit and assurance ethics, and corporate culture.

Environmental reporting

Environmental reporting has become far more prominent in recent years due to increasing legislation and greater customer interest. This eBook focuses on environmental reporting requirements for UK organisations including the measurement of environmental impacts. It also covers voluntary reporting and likely future developments.

Essentials of business ethics: creating an organisation of high integrity and superior performance

The book contains chapters on the background of corporate ethics, hiring ethical people, codes of ethics and codes of conduct, ethical decision-making framework; business ethics training, and respecting employee diversity. It also covers best practice guidelines for sustaining strong business ethics, including reporting systems, performance appraisals, and social responsibility.

Finance director's handbook

Guidance on finance function effectiveness for managers. It includes chapters on all aspects of finance management, including accounting, business management, and corporate governance.

Handbook of board governance, The: a comprehensive guide for public, private, and not-for-profit board members

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. Provides practical guidance and expert insight relevant to board members across the spectrum to aid the building of a more effective board. Written from the United States perspective.

How the City really works: the definitive guide to money and investing in London's Square Mile

Describes the key roles and institutions within the City of London, from stockbrokers and foreign exchange dealers to accountants and Lloyd's underwriters, and explains how they relate to each other. Includes sections on investment banking, commercial banking, derivative financial instruments, share trading, insurance and the insurance market. The book also contains new sections on fraud and money laundering, credit derivatives, corporate governance, and the pensions market.

How to run a charity (2nd edition)

This guide offers practical support and advice to anyone involved in the management and administration of charities. Looks at the legal framework, finance and managing assets, the role and responsibility of charity boards and trustees in both theory and practice. Includes case studies of both good and bad practice. Updated to reflect the latest legislation including the 2015 Charities SORP and the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.

ICCA handbook of corporate social responsibility, The

Introduction to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its rationale. Includes detailed sections on incorporating good business ethics into a company's values, with real life case studies of CSR implementation.

IFRS, fair value and corporate governance: the impact on budgets, balance sheets and management accounts

Aims to explain international financial reporting standards and their implications for business management. It includes chapters on IFRS and competition, implementing IFRS, management accounting, and corporate governance.

Ideas for leaders collection

A collection of the latest global management and business thinking summarised into straight forward and understandable language. This collection comes in 7 volumes covering the following: Volume 1: Strategic leadership; Volume 2: Corporate culture and performance; Volume 3: Innovation & entrepreneurship; Volume 4: Strategy and operations; Volume 5: Leaders behaviour and development; Volume 6: Networks & communications; Volume 7: Customer focus; Volume 8: Governance, risk and corporate social responsibility.

International social entrepreneurship: pathways to personal and corporate impact

Introduction to corporate social responsibility, complete with case studies and methodological analysis. Includes sections on personal and corporate citizenship, environmental responsibility, and strategic planning.

Managing business risk: a practical guide to protecting your business

Contains chapters on modern risk management strategies, crisis management, reputation management, intellectual property, and the role of IT in risk management processes.

Managing for ethical-organizational integrity: principles and processes for promoting good, right, and virtuous conduct

An introduction to and framework for the management of business ethics in an organisation. Includes relevant case studies and details of the US regulatory regime for businesses. The book sets out the right, duties, and obligations of managers who are responsible for business ethics.

Managing international business in relation-based versus rule-based countries

Explores the way business is done in relation-based cultures, arguing that such cultures are linked to economic development rather than tradition. The book makes the case that relation-based cultures can be more effective than rule-based ones where a market is smaller in scale. It includes practical advice for navigating the cultural issues involved in working within these countries.

Managing investor relations: strategies for effective communication

The history of investor relations, legal and ethical aspects, relationship-building, extended disclosure, and the future of investor relations.

Modern internal auditing (7th edition)

Looks at the foundations of internal audits, the importance of internal control, planning and performing internal audits, information technology, audit and corporate governance, and professional guidance for internal auditors.

Non-executive director's handbook (4th edition)

An essential source of reference and route map for the position of Non-executive director. Deals with how to become a NED and looks at the role and responsibilities of the NED on the board and its committees with particular focus on corporate governance and board effectiveness, risk management and internal control. Contains case studies and checklists throughout. The 2nd edition of this title is available through our Ebook Central subscription.

Not-for-profit audit committee best practices

Advice for the operation of audit committees in charities and other non-profit organisations. Chapters cover financial reporting, fraud, internal audit, and the audit committee's relationship with the independent auditor.

Primer on corporate governance, A

Discusses corporate governance from both a macro- and micro-perspective, with illustrative examples from history. It looks at the relationship between corporate governance and society, the nature of CEOs and boards of directors, management culture, and recent changes in the government regulation of corporations. It includes an appendix on Sarbanes-Oxley.

QFinance: the ultimate resource

A combination of thought leadership, best practice essays and practical guides to solving problems in the finance industry. Includes sections on cash management, governance and business ethics, investments, mergers and acquisitions, operations management, raising finance, regulation and compliance, and business strategy and performance.

Raising venture capital

Aimed at entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investment bankers and anyone else who needs to know more about the venture capital business. Includes chapters on limited partnerships, investment models, choosing an investor, term sheets, business valuation, corporate governance, deal management, and the legal issues surrounding venture capital.

Responsible leadership

Provides a theoretical background to ethical behaviour in leadership and practical tips for incorporating business ethics into a larger strategy.

Running board meetings: how to get the most from them

Chapters cover planning a board meeting, setting and keeping to an agenda, working with directors, and general communication skills. It also features appendices with useful case studies and templates.

Subsidiary governance

Subsidiaries are a common feature of many organisational structures, particularly for international businesses. This guide explains the importance of subsidiary governance to UK-listed holding companies, looking at the key drivers and benefits. It offers practical tips for establishing an effective governance framework as well as pointing out the potential pitfalls.

Sustainable investing: the art of long-term performance

Sustainable investing is fast becoming the smart way of generating long-term returns. With conventional investors now scrambling to factor in issues such as climate change, business ethics and human rights, this book captures a turning point in the evolution of global finance. Bringing together leading practitioners of sustainable investing from across the globe, this book charts how this agenda has evolved, what impact it has today, and what prospects are emerging for the future.

Top management teams: how to be effective inside and outside the boardroom

How senior management teams and directors can operate most effectively, both internally and in their collaboration with middle managers. Aimed at senior staff, team coaches and general readers wishing to learn more about business management techniques and corporate governance. Written from a US perspective.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A

The book makes the case for promoting women to the board of directors. It includes interviews and case studies of women in business to support the argument that board diversity creates more value for shareholders.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A: the roadmap

Guide to implementing organizational change to improve gender equality. It is especially concerned with establishing women on the board of directors.

Women in business: the changing face of leadership

Covers various experiences of organisational change with a view to increasing the number of women in leadership positions. The book offers a number of models and strategies for implementing change and creating board diversity. The authors interview numerous women in business and report on their experiences of change in organisational culture.

Women leading

The authors consider the unique skills and abilities possessed by women and how they can be applied in leadership roles. It addresses the changing role of women in business, including increases in board diversity and the number of female leaders in different fields.

Young professional's survival guide, The

A guide for young professionals entering the world of work on professional ethics. Guidance on ethical dilemmas in the workplace

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