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Government-owned companies and corporate governance in Australia and China: beyond fragmented governance

Tomasic, Roman and Fu, Jenny Jian Rong (2006) Government-owned companies and corporate governance in Australia and China: beyond fragmented governance. Corporate ownership and control, 3 (4). pp. 123-131. ISSN 1727-9232

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Abstract

The ownership and control of government owned companies presents a major challenge for the integrity of established corproate law ideas regarding accountability of directors and the independence of government owned companies. Drawing upon experience from China and Australia, this article discusses some of the key corporate governance tensions that have emerged from the corporatisation of state owned assets. The attempt to uncritically apply private sector ideas to the corporatisation of state owned and controlled companies is fraught with difficulties that are discussed in this article. The article also examines attempts to place state owned companies on a sounder conceptual footing through changes in their culture brought about by adopting and embedding guidelines and standards, such as the recent OECD Guidelines on the Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID10532, government owned corporations, ownership, control, accountability
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 23:32
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 23:32
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3102
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1434879
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