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Publication date: 27 June 2008

Marlene Davies and Bernadette Schlitzer

The purpose of this paper is to review corporate governance literature from an international perspective in terms of having a global code of corporate governance.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review corporate governance literature from an international perspective in terms of having a global code of corporate governance.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a wide ranging literature review, the paper looks at the issue of a global corporate governance code of best practice from legal, corporate ownership structure and financial systems perspectives and the consequent/divergence issues that arise.

Findings

The paper supports the hypothesis that the “one size fits all” approach to corporate governance, particularly the Anglo Saxon model, is not necessarily the right approach from a global perspective. Convergence on fundamental features of shareholder protection, independence of directors and establishment of committees may be the preferred way forward.

Practical implications

The acceptance of a global corporate governance code is limited due to the adaptations in the business environment, investor confidence and corporate successes and failures.

Originality/value

The analysis of the framework provides an interesting paper for corporate governance researchers.

Details

Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 23 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-6902

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