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Organization 21C: Someday All Organizations Will Lead This Way by Subir Chowdhury

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What Can Leaders Do?

Research at IMD is revealing pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle, whose form still remains only in outline. The recent attention to shareholder value is prompting some leaders to put it at center stage in terms of enterprise purpose, notwithstanding evidence that value creation may be jeopardized; others, more circumspect, are intuitively searching for ways to safeguard broader stakeholder interests. Few, if any, are systematically using all the avenues available to achieve balance. From the piecemeal evidence we do have, the following should certainly be considered.

With Respect to Purpose Itself

Hold the CEO Responsible

Recognize that it is the responsibility of the CEO, first and foremost, to balance stakeholder interests. ...

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