The Savoy Group and Google both adopted share structures that give individuals disproprtionately greater voting rights than their diverse set of shareholders. It has worked well for these companies and their investors over the long run. Perhaps we should reopen the debate over share structures?
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30 September 2015, Financial Times
09 September 2015, Financial Times
The financial sector in the 1980s and 1990s was characterised by a rush to incorporation. The mantra of “shareholder value” restored the nexus between finance and business that Smith had feared and Brandeis denounced. And the stage was set for negligence and profusion to prevail once again.
11 February 2015, Financial Times
Any action by the UK government that has tax or expenditure implications anywhere in the UK, whether related to reserved or devolved functions, will have consequences for tax and expenditure decisions in Scotland through the Barnett formula.
14 May 2014
The failures of the Coop provide insights into common management problems in not for profit institutions – including Oxford University.
06 November 2013, Financial Times
Ethics are about what to do when good behaviour and profitable business are not necessarily the same thing.
15 May 2013, Financial Times
One of the paradoxes of modern business is that firms have never had so little need of capital or so much involvement with capital markets.
10 April 2013, Financial Times
When the Chinese ask how to establish the institutions to support a stable, prosperous economy, it is not enough to mumble: “Property rights and rule of law – go to Denmark and see.”
22 July 2012, Financial Times
Trust usually rests on a long-term relationship: the merchant in a foreign bazaar does not expect to deal with you again, and that expectation governs his behaviour.
04 July 2012, Financial Times
Casinos attract greedy people with deficient ethics: the fear this engenders frames regulation, the obligations we impose on executives and the culture we expect from operating companies. Perhaps banks should operate to standards as high as those of casinos.
Scotland would gain few benefits from going it alone that it cannot already get as part of the United Kingdom
31 May 2011, Prospect
The SNP’s victory in the 5th May elections, which delivered an overall majority of 69 out of the 129 seats, means that the party can now fulfil its commitment to push for a referendum on independence. But independence, if achieved, would bring complications—both political and economic.
14 January 2011, Scottish Affairs
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