Purpose of paper – This paper sets out to introduce the special issue on corporate governance in less developed and emerging economies. It summarises and reflects on themes and findings raised in the papers in the volume.
Design/methodology/approach – The findings reported in the paper are based on desk research and review of the papers contained in the volume.
Findings – The paper finds that the adoption of appropriate corporate governance systems is becoming a central issue in less developed and emerging economies. Factors such as the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the adoption of international donor led reforms, and the globalisation of capital markets are among the factors that are driving corporate governance reforms in less developed and emerging economies.
Research limitations/implications – The pressure from international donors has compelled some less developed and emerging economies to adopt corporate governance models developed in the West with no modification. The paper argues that while it is imperative for less developed and emerging economies to reform their corporate governance systems, it is important that these systems are adapted to suite the specific needs of individual countries.
Originality/value of paper – The paper is a summary of studies exploring various corporate governance issues in less developed and emerging economies. The issues addressed in these studies are important to understand corporate governance issues in both the private and public sectors in less developed and emerging economies.
Tsamenyi, M. and Uddin, S. (2008), "Introduction to corporate governance in less developed and emerging economies", Tsamenyi, M. and Uddin, S. (Ed.) Corporate Governance in Less Developed and Emerging Economies (Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1479-3563(08)08018-3
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