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The Corporate Governance and Accounting Environment in China

Adoption of Anglo-American Models of Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting in China

ISBN: 978-1-78350-898-3, eISBN: 978-1-78350-897-6

ISSN: 1479-3512

Publication date: 7 January 2015

Abstract

This chapter examines China’s corporate governance and accounting environment that shapes the adoption of internationally acceptable principles and standards. Specifically, it examines international influences, including supranational organizations; foreign investors and international accounting firms; domestic institutional influences, including the political system, economic system, legal system, and cultural system; and accounting infrastructure. China’s convergence is driven by desired efficiency of the corporate sector and legitimacy of participating in the global market. Influenced heavily by international forces in the context of globalization, corporate governance and accounting practices are increasingly becoming in line with internationally acceptable standards and codes. While convergence assists China in obtaining legitimacy, improving efficiency is likely to be adversely affected given that corporate governance and accounting in China operate in an environment that differs considerably from those of Anglo-American countries. An examination of the corporate governance and accounting environment in China suggests heavy government involvement within underdeveloped institutions. While the Chinese government has made impressive progress in developing the corporate governance and accounting environment for the market economy, China’s unique institutional setting is likely to affect how the imported concepts are interpreted and implemented.

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(2015), "The Corporate Governance and Accounting Environment in China", Adoption of Anglo-American Models of Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting in China (Studies in Managerial and Financial Accounting, Vol. 29), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 117-165. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-351220150000029006

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