Corporate Integrity and Corporate Performance

On Monday, November 6, Ben Heineman, Jr., former General Counsel of GE, presented at the Law School’s Law and Finance Seminar. Heineman offered his insights on the role that general counsels play in corporate affairs, emphasizing how they can help ensure that the firm is managed to achieve both high performance and high integrity.

The discussion drew on two recent articles Heineman has published based on his experiences as general counsel of one of the world’s largest companies. The first, Avoiding Integrity Land Mines, was published in the Harvard Business Review last spring and is available here. The second piece, Caught in the Middle, was recently published in Corporate Counsel and can be downloaded here.

A video of Heineman’s presentation at the Law and Finance Seminar can be viewed online here.

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  1. Matthew Hartogh
    Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Maastricht NL
    Matthew Hartogh The same principles survive today, forming the bone and sinew of the civil codes regulating the modern Dutch corporation. Commerce must always be measured against long term productivity. Efficiency in the capital markets must always be measured against efficiency in the goods market, and both must measure themselves against considerations of the proper use of human capital. This word “measure”, maatregel, punctuates the corporate literature in the Netherlands, but it is a word I have never seen printed in the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times.