Changing Corporate Governance Practices in China and Japan: Adaptations of Anglo-American Practices

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 15, 2008 - Business & Economics - 290 pages
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Facing rapid globalization, it became evident that the traditional Chinese corporate governance mechanisms, which were heavily influenced by European and Japanese counterparts, had become obsolete. More transparent corporate governance mechanisms must be adopted to support China's continuing economic growth. In Japan, to public criticism that its bank-based corporate governance practices were responsible for the prolonged recession in the 1990s, the Japanese government and corporations undertook massive reforms of corporate governance mechanisms. In China and Japan, the focal point of the reforms, which have continued in the 2000s, has been the transplantation of Anglo-American corporate governance practices. However, because of institutional realities, local business practices, cultural differences and the history of corporate governance in these countries, China and Japan cannot implement Anglo-American mechanisms as instituted, for example, in the United States. With contributions from well-known academics from China, Japan and North America, this book discusses issues associated with the transplantation efforts and the selective adaptations that have taken place in corporate governance practices in China and Japan.

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MASAO NAKAMURA is Professor at the Sauder School of Business and the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he also holds the Konwakai Japan Research Chair. He has authored numerous research articles in economics and management. He has also authored and edited several books and research monographs.

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