Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-2009

Abstract

Research Question/Issue: Convergence in corporate governance across countries has been a subject of interest and controversy in a variety of disciplines. We attempt to address a number of related research questions: (1) what constitutes convergence? (2) what are the drivers that propel corporations in different nations towards convergence? (3) what are the major impediments that stand in the way of convergence? (4) what empirical evidence do we have to suggest that we are moving towards or away from convergence? and (5) what would be some productive avenues for further research on this topic? Research Findings/Results: Despite the vigorous intellectual position of the proponents of convergence, there is only limited evidence to indicate that such convergence is actually occurring. Even when there is ostensible convergence, much of it is convergence in form rather than substance, and governance convergence is not a context-free phenomenon. Theoretical Implications: Our review of the past literature suggests that increasing integration of product and capital markets is leading to changes in corporate governance around the world, but there is only limited evidence that such changes constitute convergence. Governance changes seem to be primarily attributable to the quest for greater efficiency in governance and enhanced legitimacy in capital markets. However, local forces such as institutional embeddedness and politics can hinder governance changes or create “hybrid” practices. Practical Implications: The ideal corporate governance may be institution- and firm-specific and an imposition of new practices or standards may not lead to intended policy or performance outcomes.

Keywords

Corporate Governance, Convergence, Board of Directors, Capital Markets

Discipline

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Strategic Management Policy

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Corporate Governance: An International Review

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

388

Last Page

404

ISSN

0964-8410

Identifier

10.1111/j.1467-8683.2009.00745.x

Publisher

Wiley

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8683.2009.00745.x

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