Baosteel Group: Governance with Chinese Characteristics

Posted: 4 Nov 2009

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Lynn S. Paine

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

G. A. Donovan

Asia Pacific Research Center

Date Written: March 12, 2009


The new outsider-dominated board of directors of China's state-owned Baosteel Group must decide whether to modify the Group's structure. With the completion of a pending acquisition, the Group will control four publicly listed steel-producing subsidiaries, and board members are concerned about competition among the subsidiaries and about the subsidiaries' public shareholders. Selected by the Chinese government as the first company to take part in a pilot project on corporate governance in state-owned enterprises, Baosteel and its board are under intense scrutiny by Chinese and overseas investors in the listed subsidiaries as well as by China's political leadership and the media. The case provides background on Baosteel, China's SOE reform, the Chinese government's pilot project on corporate governance, and the functioning of Baosteel's newly constituted board of directors.

Suggested Citation

Paine, Lynn S. and Donovan, G. A., Baosteel Group: Governance with Chinese Characteristics (March 12, 2009). HBS Case No. 309-098, Harvard Business School General Management Unit, Available at SSRN:

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G. A. Donovan

Asia Pacific Research Center

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