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The Fish Rots From The Head: The Crisis in our Boardrooms: Developing the Crucial Skills of the Competent Director by Bob Garratt

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1Corporate governance words and history: passing fashion or a key to building civil society?

CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL in London is unusual as it insists that entrants to its MSc programme in Management Studies must pass a module led by the redoubtable Clive Holtham on ‘The History of Management Thought’. Sadly this is so exceptional that I mention it here. It gives the participants some historical perspective on how and why some business ideas developed, flourished and died. And it helps kill the prevalent public notion that management consultancies and business schools dream up buzzwords and phrases to sell their wares regardless of the historical, social and environmental contexts evolving around them; or are willing simply to jump on a bandwagon ...

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