Last week we raised the issue of the abysmal performance of Wal-Mart’s board in dealing with a growing number of challenges that face the company — its own structure and practices being high on the list. In his column today, the Wall Street Journal’s Alan Murray asked how long CEO Lee Scott will last in light of the company’s widening problems. He mentions nothing about issues related to Wal-Mart’s board.
As we suggested last April in a widely read and commented upon piece (Does Wal-Mart Have a Board?), mounting scandals and questions about the current CEO’s performance are symptoms of a deeper problem involving inbred thinking, disengaged directors and an antiquated system of corporate governance. Until those issues are addressed, mishap and misadventure will continue to be regular features in Wal-Mart’s aisles.