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UK Companies Need More Effective Boards Of Directors IELTS Reading Answers

UK Companies Need More Effective Boards Of Directors IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘UK Companies Need More Effective Boards Of Directors’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 1 – 14. Beyond the questions, you will find the answers along with the location of the answers in the passage and the keywords that  help you find out the answers.

UK Companies Need More Effective Boards Of Directors

UK companies need more effective boards of directors - 0001

UK companies need more effective boards of directors - 0002

UK companies need more effective boards of directors - 0003

UK companies need more effective boards of directors - 0004

UK companies need more effective boards of directors - 0005

UK companies need more effective boards of directors - 0006

Answers

Question number  Answer  Keywords  Location of keywords
1 iv Governments, regulators, central banks and auditors have all been in the frame. The role of bank directors and management and their widely publicized failures have been extensively picked over and examined in reports, inquiries and commentaries. Paragraph A;

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2 ii The knock-on of this scrutiny has been to make the governance of companies in general an issue of intense public debate and has significantly increased the pressures on, and the responsibilities of, directors Paragraph B;

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3 vi can mean that the board as a whole is less involved in fully addressing some of the most important issues. Paragraph C;

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4 viii A radical solution, which may work for some very large companies whose businesses are extensive and complex, is the professional board, whose members would work up to three or four days a week, supported by their own dedicated staff and advisers. Paragraph D;

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5 vii One of the main criticisms of boards and their directors is that they do not focus sufficiently on longer-term matters of strategy, sustainability and governance, but instead concentrate too much on short-term financial metrics. Paragraph E;

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6 i Compensation for chief executives has become a combat zone where pitched battles between investors, management and board members are fought, Paragraph F;

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7 iii Boards of companies in all sectors will need to widen their perspective to encompass these issues and this may involve a realignment of corporate goals Paragraph G;

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8 YES Following the 2008 financial meltdown, which resulted in a deeper and more prolonged period of economic downturn than anyone expected, the search for explanations in the many posts – of the crisis has meant blame has been spread far and wide Paragraph A;

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9 NOT GIVEN
10 NO Often, board business is devolved to committees in order to cope with the workload, which may be more efficient but can mean that the board as a whole is less involved in fully addressing some of the most important issues. Paragraph C;

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11 NO this structure would not be appropriate for all companies Paragraph D;

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12 information the executives had access to information that part-time non-executive directors lacked, leaving the latter unable to comprehend or anticipate the 2008 crash. Paragraph D;

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13 financial One of the main criticisms of boards and their directors is that they do not focus sufficiently on longer-term matters of strategy, sustainability and governance, but instead concentrate too much on short-term financial metrics. Paragraph E;

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14 shareholders/investors shareholders use their muscle in the area of pay to pressure boards to remove underperforming chief executives. Paragraph F;

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