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Real outsiders means no ex-employees of less than five years or anyone whose livelihood, in some way, depends on the company. In addition, outsiders will have to meet regularly without the line management being present. But will this have the wanted impact? Would it not be better to criticize a CEO to his face rather than behind his back? Will a board of independent directors be better positioned to lead the company into reinventing itself and its products, becoming a leader in innovation? Innovation happens in the market as it happens in the laboratory.

Gates has been rather forthcoming with his decisions and explanations, but transparency is not a universal management characteristic. According to several opinions, not necessarily documented beyond doubt, 34 BUSINESS EFFICIENCY AND ETHICS the advent of the so-called nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) has decreased the transparency and accountability at the vertex of institutions. This may be changing as donors are not satisfied with summary information. They are demanding, for instance, to know: M M What the drop in the incidence of malaria is, and How closely it can be correlated to the use of pharma.

But there are only few champions, and they are usually temperamental. 10 Competition strengthens efficiency. Nepotism kills it. Siegmund Warburg’s selection of assistants was primarily outside his family’s clan. 11 There were good reasons why Siegmund Warburg never ceased being interested in the recruitment and development of young talent, identifying potential stars by means of literary quizzes and the ability to manage relations with corporate clients. While asset management became a highly profitable part of his operation and although Warburg was also one of the architects of the Eurobond market, corporate finance was his first choice.

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