Barbarians in the Boardroom by Owen Walker charts the extraordinary and fascinating rise of the activist investor. Director asked Professor James Knight, a fellow of the IoD and European editor of Partners Publishing, a publishing house based in Canada, the US and the UK, to review the book…
Barbarians in the Boardroom tells the story of how activists managed to buy their way into the boardrooms of some of the most famous and powerful companies in the world.
Owen Walker is the commissioning editor at the Financial Times and has written a book that is both easy to read and hard to put down.
I wasn’t too familiar with the subject matter beforehand but came away with a really good understanding of how the activists operate and how they have infiltrated businesses across a wide range of sectors.
Indeed, one of the book’s key strengths is the way Walker has pulled together a number of case studies sourced from a range of global markets, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Walgreens Boots, DuPont, Allergan, Alliance Trust and Darden Restaurants.
Barbarians in the Boardroom should appeal to a broad cross-section of business leaders and directors who may be interested to learn just how easy it is to lose their directorship.
I would certainly recommend this title to somebody who wants to understand how the make-up of a board can change without you even being aware that it’s happening.
To buy Barbarians in the Boardroom by Owen Walker
Barbarians in the Boardroom, FT Publishing, £16.99.