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Board Effectiveness in the Nigerian Banking Industry


Chris Ogbechie


Pan-African University - Lagos Business School

Dimitrios N. Koufopoulos


Brunel University - Brunel Business School; Gnosis Management Consultants; HOCG

January 28, 2010


Abstract:     
Board effectiveness is particularly important in the Nigerian banking industry because a number of financial failures, frauds, and questionable business practices had adversely affected investors’ confidence.

This study evaluated corporate governance in Nigerian banks with regards to board performance, culture and diversity, and impact on board effectiveness. It also attempted to identify key determinants of effective boards.

The empirical findings reveal that boards of banks operating in Nigeria embark on regular evaluation of their activities as a means of improving their performance.

From the directors’ perspective, the most important determinant of effective boards in the Nigerian banking industry is directors’ competence. Other major determinants include board diversity, compliance with corporate governance code and relevant laws/regulations, board independence, and degree of openness in board processes.

This paper draws a number of conclusions and recommendations and also highlights some limitations that can be improved upon in future studies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Corporate Governance, Banks, Board Processes, Board Culture, Board Appraisal, Board Relationships, Board Strategic Role, Board Functions and Performance

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Date posted: March 14, 2010  

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Ogbechie, Chris and Koufopoulos, Dimitrios N., Board Effectiveness in the Nigerian Banking Industry (January 28, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1543811 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1543811

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Chris Ogbechie
Pan-African University - Lagos Business School ( email )
2 Ahmed Onibudo Street
P. O. Box 73688
Lagos, Victoria Island 73688
Nigeria
Dimitrios N. Koufopoulos (Contact Author)
Brunel University - Brunel Business School ( email )
Kingston Lane Uxbridge
Middlesex, West London
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, London UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Gnosis Management Consultants ( email )
United Kingdom
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HOCG ( email )
83 Rodney Court
6-8 Maida Vale
London, W9 1TJ
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.hocg.eu
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