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Levers of Corporate Governance in India: Critical Analysis through Prism of Legal Framework

  • Sapovadia, Vrajlal
  • Patel, Akash

Corporate Governance is the relationship between corporate managers, directors and the capital providers, who save and invest their capital to earn money in form of dividend, interest or gain. Shareholders of the company appoint Board of Directors to fulfill their objectives aligned with the corporate objectives. Board of Directors appoints key managers for implementing corporate strategies. Corporate objectives are attained with the series of actions of the directors & managers. Capital & other necessary resources are provided by shareholders and other stakeholders to the company to fulfill the common objectives. It entails responsibility of corporate managers towards investors, society & environment that provides valuable resources to the corporation in achieving their objectives. Good corporate governance practices ensure that the board of directors is accountable for the pursuit of corporate objectives to enhance wealth of corporation and that the corporation itself conforms to the law and regulations in form & spirit. This paper identifies who are the levers of corporate governance and then investigates the powers of those levers, which influences the quality of corporate governance in corporate India. We critically analyze the effectiveness of Indian legal framework to ensure good corporate governance practices. The actors who can influence the quality of corporate governance are depicted in Chart-1 classified into (i) Internal: including shareholders, independent directors, audit & nomination committee and (ii) External: including auditors, Registrar of Companies, stock exchanges, Security Exchange Board of India and the Competition Commission of India.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 55314.

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Date of creation: 25 Nov 2013
Date of revision: 19 Mar 2014
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:55314
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  1. Haider A. Khan, 2003. "Corporate Governance of Family-Based Businesses in Asia: Which Road to Take?," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-229, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
  2. Sapovadia, Vrajlal, 2010. "Is blood thicker Than Water? Appraising Adequacy of Indian Corporate Governance Framework For Family Based Companies: A Case Study On Satyam Computers," MPRA Paper 55228, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Sapovadia, Vrajlal, 2003. "Critical Analysis of Accounting Standards vis-à-vis Corporate Governance Practice in India," MPRA Paper 55384, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Apr 2014.
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