• How Boards Work

  • And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World
  • By: Dambisa Moyo
  • Narrated by: Dambisa Moyo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $29.65

Buy for $29.65

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best-selling author and veteran board member offers an insider's view of corporate boards, their struggles, and why they must adapt to survive.

Corporate boards are under great pressure. Scandals and malpractice at companies like Theranos, WeWork, Uber, and Wells Fargo have raised justified questions among regulators, shareholders, and the public about the quality of corporate governance. In How Boards Work, prizewinning economist and veteran board director Dambisa Moyo offers an insider's view of corporate boards as they are buffeted by the turbulence of our times.

Moyo argues that corporations need boards that are more transparent, more knowledgeable, more diverse, and more deeply involved in setting the strategic course of the companies they lead. How Boards Work offers a road map for how boards can steer companies through tomorrow's challenges and ensure they thrive to benefit their employees, shareholders, and society at large.

©2021 Dambisa Moyo (P)2021 Basic Books

Critic Reviews

“A highly useful primer for investors and board members alike.” (Kirkus)

"How Boards Work offers a thorough and nuanced take on the ever-evolving role of corporate boards today. Moyo provides a candid assessment of the challenges and opportunities that directors face and wisely warns of the dangers of stasis. The book is not only a must-read for the most tenured and experienced board members, but it also provides critical context to those who one day hope to have a seat at the table.” (Mellody Hobson, co-CEO, Ariel Investments; chair of the board of directors, Starbucks; board member, JP Morgan; former board chair, Dreamworks; and former board member, Estee Lauder)

“Boards have incredible power to impact how companies and their stakeholders meet the challenges of the modern age. But boards are complex and living organisms that require more than just getting smart people in a room. Moyo’s book, informed by real-world experience in negotiating complex situations, should be a must-read for any board that wants to excel and have an impact today.” (Dan Loeb, founder and CEO, Thirdpoint, and former board member, Sothebys) 

What listeners say about How Boards Work

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    39
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    31
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    34
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Neoliberal Corporate Apologist

I don't know who the audience is for this book. But it's not me. It's painfully redundant. 90% of what she covers is common sense and/or not so complicated that it needed to appear in a book. It could have been an email instead. The irony of all this is that by writing such an unnecessary book that fails to add value, Dambisa Moyo is illustrating how out of touch and obsolete boards are. She has undermined one of the central messages of her book by writing the book. Just wow.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing book! Insightful, thoughtful and enlightening!!

This is a wonderful explanation and critical assessment of how all scales of corporations and boards work. It is quite eye opening and a great read for anyone with any interest in corporate structure and development!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An absolutely brilliant, important book!

Dambisa is a true thought leader, and speaks from a well-informed perspective based on her many years of board service. Fantastic read!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Powerful and practical

Loved it. I found the book provided a very fundamental understanding of how boards (and corporations) work that would be helpful for both investors as well as managers in those corporations and managers in general. Thanks to the author!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

WHAT AN AWESOME BOOK

Dr Moyo have yet again truly outdone herself. This is one of thee best books on governace I have read to date.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

suitable for novices

Came in with expectations of a more sophisticated and personal account of her experience on multinational boards. felt more like a mba intro course

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful Insight

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a small business owner and also an investor, Dr. Moyo’s insights into the board structure and what makes boards efficient and successful was insightful and beneficial. I enjoyed her economic expertise and her data driven findings.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Comprehensive Overview

Very comprehensive overview of a boards critical roles and responsibilities, ensuring the corporation's sustainability, relevance and greater purpose.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

“How Boards Work” should be required reading

As a former executive of a Fortune 15 company, and as a public board first-timer, I found this book to be invaluable. Dr. Moyo not only shares her deep and practical experience serving on some of the largest boards in the US and abroad, she is also an engaging storyteller. She lifts the veil on boardrooms and lays bare the real challenges boards face. This should be required reading for all those seeking board service and for executives that engage with boards. Highly recommended. ~ L. Jourdan