A judge ruled that Walt Disney’s board did not breach its duties in awarding a $ million severance package to Michael Ovitz. Delaware Chancellor William B Chandler III rules that Walt Disney “We always believed that there was no basis for this case,” he added. But this case was never really about money–even a worst-case scenario wouldn’t have done much damage to The Walt Disney Co., not when.

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Lorsch and Alexis Chernak. Faced with the need to hire a new president, The Walt Disney Co. Ovitz officially began as president on October 1 of that year. While the hiring of Ovitz was at first heralded as a coup for Disney, Eisner and senior executives began to have doubts about Disnry fit with the company culture. By the summer ofEisner decided Ovitz had to be fired. He began conversations with members of the board of directors, who agreed Ovitz’s contract should be ivitz.

Ovitz left the company at the end of the year with a sizable severance package. Jay Lorsch and Emily Irving. Suraj SrinivasanJay W.


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Lorsch and Quinn Pitcher. Article Annals of Corporate Governance.

Understanding Boards of Directors: Business and Environment Business History Entrepreneurship. Finance Globalization Health Care. Finance General Management Marketing. Technology and Operations Management. About the Author Jay W.

Lorsch, Jay, and Emily Irving. Cite View Details Educators Related. It then deals with the events that happened in the aftermath of Kalanick’s resignation, including the appointment of Dara Khosrowshahi as CEO and the changes, the lawsuit brought against Kalanick by venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, and the governance changes proposed at the end of September Srinivasan, Suraj, Jay W. Lorsch, and Quinn Pitcher. A Systems Perspective Jay W. Lorsch In this essay, my goal is to explore why, despite the tireless efforts of talented people, research on corporate governance has been slow and uneven, and where that research should turn to next to be most valuable to practitioners.

My belief is that the most fruitful work thus far has recognized that corporate boards are dynamic social systems, has identified all the forces that shape those systems, and has acknowledged that boards should seek to represent a wide variety of stakeholders, not just shareholders.


The best way for me to establish ovktz argument is to trace the history of research on corporate boards and analyze the trends in that research, including the relative value of the types of data that researchers in this field have used.

Ultimately, I identify what I consider to be the best path forward in studying these complex social systems.

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I have made a deliberate choice to focus primarily on research that reflects firsthand experience with boards rather than on research that utilizes data derived from questionnaires and other secondary sources. Not everyone will agree with my choices, but my hope is that my perspective will nonetheless provide some guidance for people working visney this evolving field to understand the true complexity of corporate boards.

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