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An Integrated Corporate Governance Framework and Financial Performance in South African-Listed Corporations

  • Collins G. Ntim

This paper investigates the relationship between an integrated corporate governance (CG) index and financial performance using a sample of 169 South African (SA) listed corporations between 2002 and 2007. We find a statistically significant and positive association between a broad set of good CG practices and financial performance. In a series of sensitivity analyses, we find that our results are robust to endogeneity, different financial performance proxies, alternative CG weighting scheme and firm-level fixed-effects. We further distinctively examine the link between complying with SA context specific stakeholder CG provisions and financial performance. In line with political cost and resource dependence theories, our results reveal a statistically significant and positive nexus between compliance with stakeholder CG provisions and financial performance.

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Article provided by Economic Society of South Africa in its journal South African Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 81 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 373-392

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