Government-owned Companies and Corporate Governance in Australia and China: Beyond Fragmented Governance

Roman Tomasic, Jenny Fu

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Abstract

The ownership and control of government owned companies presents a major challenge for the integrity of established corproate law ideas regarding accountability of directors and the independence of government owned companies. Drawing upon experience from China and Australia, this article discusses some of the key corporate governance tensions that have emerged from the corporatisation of state owned assets. The attempt to uncritically apply private sector ideas to the corporatisation of state owned and controlled companies is fraught with difficulties that are discussed in this article. The article also examines attempts to place state owned companies on a sounder conceptual footing through changes in their culture brought about by adopting and embedding guidelines and standards, such as the recent OECD Guidelines on the Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalCorporate Ownership and Control
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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