© 2009

Boardroom Secrets

Corporate Governance for Quality of Life


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 1-15
  3. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 17-26
  4. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 27-58
  5. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 59-74
  6. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 75-86
  7. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 87-112
  8. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 113-129
  9. Yılmaz Argüden
    Pages 131-134
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 135-147

About this book


Boardroom Secrets focuses on the, processes, and behaviours for a board of directors to ensure good governance. The book focuses on behavioral aspects of governance such as how to evaluate and process information provided to the board, how to critically question without de-motivating, and how to balance interests of different stakeholders.


corporate governance Governance information stakeholder

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ARGE Consulting, RothschildTurkey

About the authors

Dr. YILMAZ ARGÜDEN is a leading strategist, advisor, and board member of major public and private institutions, and NGOs. He is the Chairman of ARGE Consulting, a leading management consulting firm based in Istanbul. ARGE has been recognized at the European Parliament as one of the best three companies 'shaping the future' with its commitment to corporate social responsibility and is the first Turkish signatory of the Global Compact. He is also the Chairman of Rothschild investment bank in Turkey. He has served on fifty different boards and is currently the Chairman or member of corporate governance committees of Coca Cola Icecek, Vestel, Yaz?c? Holding, and Inmet Mining based in Toronto; an Adj. Professor of Business Strategy at the Bosphorus University and the Koç University; an author of numerous books and a columnist focusing on business and strategy issues. He is a recipient of numerous leadership, distinguished citizenship and career awards, and was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow, by the World Economic Forum for his commitment to improve the state of the world.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Finance, Business & Banking


'A pertinent and timely read in these difficult times.' - Baron David de Rothschild, Chairman, Rothschild

'Y?lmaz Argüden's untiring campaign to promote good corporate governance in Turkey is largely responsible for the priority it has today among both businesses and the public at large. Drawing on his vast experience, Dr. Argüden offers invaluable insights and universal guidelines for a wide range of management decisions that impact corporate governance. I have no doubt that 'Boardroom Secrets' will become a reference book for businesses everywhere as they seek to rebuild the trust of their stakeholders in the years ahead.' - Bülent Eczac?ba??, Chairman, Eczac?ba?? Holding

'Shareholders, directors and top managers will welcome this wise, insightful, and practical book sharing the author's extensive experience. I know of no better single source for getting it right in the boardroom. Read these secrets, apply them diligently, and improve your board's performance.' - Prof. David R. Beatty O.B.E.; Founding Managing Director, The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance

'The unfolding financial and economic crisis has fundamentally been due to a wide ranging failure of corporate governance. Dr. Argüden's book focusing on governance as a culture and a climate is based on insights coming from long experience and will be invaluable to all who must try to rebuild the world economy on more solid foundations.' - Kemal Dervi?, Head of UNDP

'The global financial and economic crisis is above all a corporate governance crisis. Dr. Argüden's book provides timely insight and guidance for how the fundamentals of good governance can be improved.' - Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman, World Economic Forum

'Perfect timing for a book containing carefully researched, cross-national prescriptions for ethical and effective corporate governance. This should be a valuable resource for leaders in both the commercial and non-profit sectors.' - Michael D. Rich, Executive Vice President, RAND Corporation

'In these times of serious economic crisis the value of strong corporate governance becomes even more apparent. Y?lmaz Argüden's book shows this in a clear and concise way. It is a valuable contribution.' - Mustafa V. Koç, Chairman, Koç Holding

'In this wise and practical book, Y?lmaz Argüden argues that trust lies at the heart of corporate governance. The book offers a clearly expressed vision of how that trust can be built in individual companies. It will be of significant use in guiding the thinking of board members and company stakeholders alike.' - Dr. Roger Barker, Head of Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (London)

'I wish 'Boardroom Secrets' had been available when I was getting a start in business 35 years ago. I would have read it line by line and my business life would have been much more effective. New generation business leaders are fortunate to have this reference book available for them. Thank you, Y?lmaz....' - Tuncay Özilhan, Chairman and CEO, Anadolu Efes

'This is one of the best books I've read on corporate governance and it is well worth keeping a copy for reference.' - Ann M Kelly, FCMI, Professional Manager