Transforming corporate governance in Chinese corporations: a journey not a destination

Keay, A. and Zhao, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-6430-2356, 2018. Transforming corporate governance in Chinese corporations: a journey not a destination. Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, 38 (2), pp. 187-232. ISSN 0196-3228

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The article offers a systemic, historical, and rigorous study of the transformation of Chinese corporate governance, focusing on its development from a totally administrative model, being one which relies on government and administrative power and imposes on corporations’ controllers administrative duties and objectives, to a hybrid model which has both administrative and economic governance characteristics. The article assesses whether administrative power will hinder corporate governance transformation in China on its journey towards a sound and sustainable model. We opine that the government continues to have a key role to play in corporate governance in China which makes administrative interference and power something that is embedded in corporate governance regimes through public and political policies, law enforcement, and strategic management policies for corporations. The administrative involvement might sacrifice efficiency, and effective market and corporate responses. However, it is observed that it may bring comparative advantages for Chinese corporate governance in terms of supporting long term strategic planning and the setting of multiple goals for State Owned Enterprises (SOEs, hereinafter), with government interference producing immediate action in order to prevent market failure.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Winter issue.
Publication Title: Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business
Creators: Keay, A. and Zhao, J.
Publisher: Northwestern University School of Law
Date: 21 March 2018
Volume: 38
Number: 2
ISSN: 0196-3228
Rights: This article is brought to you for free and open access by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Scholarly Commons.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 18 May 2018 10:49
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 10:49

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