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    1. Darden's Dilemma Shows Us Bitter Truths About Boardroom Behavior

      Darden's Dilemma Shows Us Bitter Truths About Boardroom Behavior

      I made my first trip to a Red Lobster last week — I had the Bar Harbor Lobster Bake — to better understand the financial melodrama that is playing out on Wall Street and in the company’s boardroom. It’s a case study of everything that’s wrong with the current version of “shareholder capitalism”...

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    2. Businesses’ focus on maximizing shareholder value has numerous costs

      Businesses’ focus on maximizing shareholder value has numerous costs

      In the recent history of management ideas, few have had a more profound — or pernicious — effect than the one that says corporations should be run in a manner that “maximizes shareholder value.”  Indeed, you could argue that much of what Americans perceive to be wrong with the economy these days — the slow growth and rising inequality; the recurring scandals; the wild swings from boom to bust; the inadequate investment in R&D, worker training and public goods — has its roots in this ideology.

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