Joseph McCahery, Erik Vermeulen Understanding the Board of Directors after the Financial Crisis (01 Oct 2013) Available at ECGI: http://ecgi.global/working-paper/understanding-board-directors-after-financial-crisis
There are numerous studies on the effectiveness of boards that primarily focus on legal formalities, including gender diversity, board size, remuneration, board evaluation and the role of the chairman of the board.
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