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Corporate governance and records management in private and public hospitals in Ghana

Kingsley Opoku Appiah (Department of Accounting and Finance, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Kon-Naah Moomin Amos (Department of Accounting and Finance, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Jebuni Bashiru (Department of Accounting and Finance, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Palamin Habib Drammeh (Department of Accounting and Finance, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Sharita Tuffour (Department of Accounting and Finance, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Records Management Journal

ISSN: 0956-5698

Article publication date: 20 March 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the link between corporate governance and records management in hospitals in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

Questionnaires are used to collect data from 500 management staff from 85 hospitals (public and private). The respondents comprise 134, 211, 100 and 55 from the Eastern, Ashanti, Northern and Upper West Regions in Ghana, respectively. Three-stage least-squares and ordinary least square regressions are used to establish the relationship between corporate governance and records management.

Findings

Corporate governance exhibits a positive and significant relationship with security and records management. Records management, in turn, displays a positive and significant relationship with security, transparency, corporate governance and region, but not accountability.

Research limitations/implications

The study is based on 85 hospitals consisting of 20 private and 65 public hospitals across four regions out of ten in Ghana, implying that the findings may not be applicable in the six regions omitted.

Practical implications

The findings may assist hospital management within the sub-Sahara Africa to design training programs on records management and/or corporate governance.

Originality/value

This study adds to the body of knowledge about records management and corporate governance from the sub-Sahara perspective. Specifically, the authors widen the scope on corporate governance and records management by emphasising on management, a marked departure from other studies conducted on Ghana.

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Citation

Appiah, K.O., Amos, K.-N.M., Bashiru, J., Drammeh, P.H. and Tuffour, S. (2017), "Corporate governance and records management in private and public hospitals in Ghana", Records Management Journal, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 42-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/RMJ-07-2015-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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