Stakeholders, accountability and the theory‐practice gap in developing nations' corporate governance systems: evidence from Uganda

Simeon Wanyama (Based at Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda)
Bruce Burton (Based at the School of Business, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK)
Christine Helliar (Based at the School of Business, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Publication date: 15 February 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine perceptions about the nature and role of corporate governance in Uganda, with the emphasis on accountability within a stakeholder framework.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employs interviews and questionnaires to gauge the views of key players in Uganda about the way the nation's firms are governed, in the context of the stakeholder notion and the need for corporate accountability.

Findings

The results suggest that the research participants take a broad view of the corporate governance concept, with recognition of a wide range of stakeholders evident. However, issues relating to corruption and the de‐facto legal framework mean that practices depart markedly from any reasonable understanding of what might represent “best‐practice”.

Practical implications

The results suggest that there is a gap between the theory and practice of corporate governance in Uganda, and regulators need to address this issue and deal with the endemic corruption and extant legal weaknesses that have given rise to this situation.

Originality/value

This is one of the first studies to explicitly examine perceptions about governance standards within an accountability framework in a developing nation.

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Citation

Wanyama, S., Burton, B. and Helliar, C. (2013), "Stakeholders, accountability and the theory‐practice gap in developing nations' corporate governance systems: evidence from Uganda", Corporate Governance, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 18-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/14720701311302396

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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