A Grounded Theory Exposition of the Role of the Supervisory Board in China

17 Pages Posted: 1 May 2004

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Jason Zezhong Xiao

Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Jay Dahya

Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College - The City University of New York

Z. Jun Lin

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) - Department of Accountancy & Law

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of an investigation, through a series of interviews, into the role of the supervisory board (SB) in Chinese listed companies. The interviews were conducted and analysed using the grounded theory methodology. It is found that the SB performs one of four roles under the Chinese corporate environment: an honoured guest, a friendly advisor, a censored watchdog or an independent watchdog. The role of the SB is dependent on a variety of factors: SB characteristics, power relations between the Board of Directors and the SB, shareholding structure, the influence of the Communist Party of China and government, the role of independent directors and the requirements of the corporate law.

Suggested Citation

Xiao, Jason Zezhong and Dahya, Jay and Lin, Z. Jun, A Grounded Theory Exposition of the Role of the Supervisory Board in China. British Journal of Management, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 39-55, March 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513370

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Z. Jun Lin

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) - Department of Accountancy & Law ( email )

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