So argues Mark Rogers, a US corporate governance wonk, in a recent article. In his view, too much time spent on mobile devices at directors’ meetings prevents board members from exercising their duties of care and skill, which is ultimately not in the best interests of the corporation they serve. A complete ban on mobile devices at meetings may not be workable, however: it might turn away gadget-addicted potential directors, inhibit emergency access to individual directors and prevent legitimate use of tablets as a way to review board materials during a meeting. (Directors should, however, probably be discouraged from using tablets to take their own notes of meetings.)
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