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Understanding decoupling in response to corporate governance reform pressures: The case of codes of good corporate governance


  • Mario Krenn


Purpose - – The purpose of this article is to explain under what circumstances firm-level adoption of codes of good corporate governance will more likely be superficial rather than substantive in nature. The article contains lessons for any agency or country that attempts to implement deep and lasting changes in corporate governance via codes of good corporate governance. Design/methodology/approach - – The article reviews the literature on compliance with codes of good corporate governance and develops a conceptual model to explain why some firms that have formally adopted a code of good governance decouple this policy from its actual use. Findings - – Decoupling in response to the issuance of codes of good corporate governance will be more attractive to firms and also more sustainable under the following conditions: firms’ compliance costs are relatively high firms’ costs of outright and visible non-compliance are relatively high and outsiders’ compliance monitoring costs are relatively high. Originality/value - – The article contributes to the debate on compliance and convergence and provides policymakers with a conceptual framework for assessing the likelihood of successful regulatory change in corporate governance.

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  • Mario Krenn, 2015. "Understanding decoupling in response to corporate governance reform pressures: The case of codes of good corporate governance," Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 23(4), pages 369-382, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jfrcpp:v:23:y:2015:i:4:p:369-382

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