Series editor(s): Professor Mathew Tsamenyi and Prof. Shahzad Uddin
Subject Area: Accounting and Finance
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|Title:||Corporate governance in infancy and growth – an interview-based study of the development of governance and corporate regulation in Nigeria|
|Author(s):||Preye Edward Gesiye Angaye, David Gwilliam|
|Volume:||8 Editor(s): Mathew Tsamenyi, Shahzad Uddin ISBN: 978-1-84855-252-4 eISBN: 978-1-84855-253-1|
|Citation:||Preye Edward Gesiye Angaye, David Gwilliam (2008), Corporate governance in infancy and growth – an interview-based study of the development of governance and corporate regulation in Nigeria, in Mathew Tsamenyi, Shahzad Uddin (ed.) Corporate Governance in Less Developed and Emerging Economies (Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, Volume 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.359-407|
|DOI:||10.1016/S1479-3563(08)08013-4 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Purpose – This paper seeks to contribute to the debate on the role of corporate governance in developing, emerging and transition economies by focusing on the nature and practice of corporate governance in listed companies in Nigeria – a country which has experienced both economic growth and political turbulence over the past three decades and which too has experienced significant corporate failures in particular in the banking and insurance sectors. It does this against a contextual background which discusses issues of ethnicity, gender and power relationships and their relevance to governance in Nigeria.
Methodology – Archival and documentary analysis supported and underpinned by semi-structured interviews with 20 stakeholders in governance processes in Nigeria.
Findings – The analysis of the interviews highlighted the general support of the interviewees for corporate governance procedures and practices in Nigeria to continue to develop in line with those in more developed economies. However, concerns were expressed as to the inadequacies of aspects of the Nigerian governance regulatory infrastructure, in particular in relation to mechanisms for implementation and enforcement within a framework where there was limited confidence that either voluntary adherence to codes of good practice or market-driven regulation and control would be effective.
Contrary to the researchers’ expectations, the majority of the interviewees articulated the perspective that ethnicity, gender and power relationships were not of significance in the determination of the actuality of practice. However, a minority did identify these considerations to be of key importance, albeit frequently not overtly acknowledged or portrayed as such by parties associated with governance practices.
Research limitation(s) – The interviewees were drawn from a cross section of stakeholders from the business, government, regulatory and academic environment in Nigeria but the exigencies of conducting interview research in Nigeria and the difficulties of obtaining agreement from, and access to, interviewees meant that the potential for self-selection bias has to be considered when evaluating the study findings.
Practical Implication(s) – The research paper provides a platform for policy formulation on corporate governance in Nigeria.
Originality and value of paper – The paper builds on a number of previous studies of governance in Nigeria (for example, Oyejide & Soyibo, 2001; Yakasai, 2001; Ahunwan, 2002; Okike, 2007) in particular by means of the use of semi-structured interviews to provide a rich field of insight into the actuality of practice.
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