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Codes of Good Governance

Ruth V. Aguilera

Northeastern University - Department of International Business and Strategy

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra

Northeastern University

February 28, 2011

Northeastern U. D’Amore-McKim School of Business Research Paper No. No. 2013-05

Our review of the literature on codes of good governance highlights the rapid spread of codes of good governance around the world and how academic research has lagged behind in analyzing this topic. Despite the criticism that the codes’ voluntary nature limits their ability to improve governance practices, codes of good governance appear to have generally improved the governance of countries that have adopted them, although there is need for additional reforms.

Unfortunately, research on codes of good governance has been studied in silos with little cross-fertilization across the different disciplines. We propose a multi-level framework to discuss three main topics that have emerged within the codes literature: the motivations behind the diffusion of codes across countries and its implications for convergence of corporate governance practices; the content of the code and its “comply or explain” dimension; and the relationship between code compliance and firm performance.

We conclude by proposing four areas of future research. Code development, adoption, and compliance are directly related to issues surrounding the governance of the firm, and in particular to all the interactions that a director has inside and outside the firm. Codes are regulations that emerge from policy-making negotiations between the different stakeholders, such as the state (via the stock market regulators) and the investors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: codes, goveranance, codes of good governance, international

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Date posted: February 28, 2011 ; Last revised: January 25, 2013

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Aguilera, Ruth V. and Cuervo-Cazurra, Alvaro, Codes of Good Governance (February 28, 2011). Northeastern U. D’Amore-McKim School of Business Research Paper No. No. 2013-05. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1773090 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1773090

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Ruth V. Aguilera (Contact Author)
Northeastern University - Department of International Business and Strategy ( email )
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra
Northeastern University ( email )
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
313 Hayden Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
16173736568 (Phone)
16173738628 (Fax)
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