What's the Business of the Board?

These corporate bodies are essential to a public company's operation, but how much do you know about them and how they work?

This year's corporate scandals are beginning to shine a brighter spotlight on boards of directors, the governing bodies of public companies. In fact, BusinessWeek's Oct. 7 Cover Story identifies some of the best and worst boards in Corporate America -- and offers guidelines for those that aspire to be top-notch.

How much do you know about the boards of the companies in which your pension money, college fund, or other assets are invested? That's the subject of this BusinessWeek Online Reader Survey, which as always isn't a scientific poll, since anyone who wishes to can participate.

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