The appeal of stock option plans (SOP) is undeniable. Indeed, by linking employees' personal gains to the growth of the company's share value, a SOP offers a flexible form of compensation as well as a long-term incentive program.
The current CEO and one former CEO of Toshiba Corp. resigned this week in connection with the accounting scandal the company has been embroiled in since May. Senior executives are alleged to have pressured subordinates to meet unachievable financial targets, leading the company to overstate its earnings by more than USD $1.2-billion between 2008 and 2014.
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