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Case
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Reference no. IMD-7-1927
Published by: International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Originally published in: 2017
Version: 06.09.2017
Length: 14 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

The case looks at the leadership, governance, board, strategy and other issues that led up to the downfall of Deutsche Bank. It discusses the ideological shift from stakeholder value harmonization to strong shareholder value maximization, which led to a cultural change from valuing reliability, transparency, fairness, solidarity and justice to valuing quick returns that endangered the bank’s future. The changes had a fundamental impact on board dynamics, organizational structure, strategy, risk, compliance, compensation and relationship with key stakeholders. The case looks at various questions such as: What is the purpose of a corporation? What makes a company viable in the long term? How does an ethical board set the purpose of the company? How should a board pick the right leadership? What makes a great leader? How does a leader’s character influence organizational actions? How can toxic leaders walk away with impunity from the damages they cause and go and work elsewhere? How to define shareholder value? What are the pitfalls of shareholder value maximization? What could be the alternatives of shareholder value maximization?
Locations:
Industry:
Size:
100,000 employees
Other setting(s):
1995-2017

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Abstract

The case looks at the leadership, governance, board, strategy and other issues that led up to the downfall of Deutsche Bank. It discusses the ideological shift from stakeholder value harmonization to strong shareholder value maximization, which led to a cultural change from valuing reliability, transparency, fairness, solidarity and justice to valuing quick returns that endangered the bank’s future. The changes had a fundamental impact on board dynamics, organizational structure, strategy, risk, compliance, compensation and relationship with key stakeholders. The case looks at various questions such as: What is the purpose of a corporation? What makes a company viable in the long term? How does an ethical board set the purpose of the company? How should a board pick the right leadership? What makes a great leader? How does a leader’s character influence organizational actions? How can toxic leaders walk away with impunity from the damages they cause and go and work elsewhere? How to define shareholder value? What are the pitfalls of shareholder value maximization? What could be the alternatives of shareholder value maximization?

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Locations:
Industry:
Size:
100,000 employees
Other setting(s):
1995-2017

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