Title

National Governance System, Corporate Ownership, and Roles of Outside Directors: A Corporate Governance Bundle Perspective

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2014

Abstract

We explore why and how the different combinations of governance practices at national level, such as the legal system, conduct codes, and capital markets, and at firm level, such as various types of controlling shareholders, enable or constrain outside directors to engage in their monitoring and resource provision roles. Building upon such analysis, we develop a new taxonomy of corporate governance systems according to the different configurations of a set of interdependent governance characteristics, including national governance mechanisms, identity of block shareholders, and functions of outside directors. This study enriches the growing body of research on governance complementarity and substitution by highlighting the role of bundles of governance practices in influencing directors' engagement in governance behavior, and consequently advancing our understanding of variation in corporate governance systems across and within countries. This paper demonstrates that the roles of outside directors depend on the interaction between a bundle of governance mechanisms rather than any individual mechanisms. The paper also goes beyond the traditional governance models based on the national context and highlights that interdependencies of corporate governance practices play an important role in explaining the diversity and variation of corporate governance arrangements across firms in both industrialized economies and emerging markets.

Keywords

Corporate Governance, Board of Directors, Ownership Mechanisms, Agency Theory, Resource Dependence Theory

Discipline

Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Strategic Management Policy

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Corporate Governance: An International Review

Volume

22

Issue

3

First Page

252

Last Page

265

ISSN

0964-8410

Identifier

10.1111/corg.12050

Publisher

Wiley