Analysis of Vietnamese Banking Sector with Special Reference to Corporate Governance

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Analysis of the Vietnamese Banking Sector with special reference to Corporate Governance DISSERTATION Of the University of St. Gallen, Graduate School of Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences (HSG) to obtain the title of Doctor Oeconomiae

submitted by

Bao Toan Tran
from St. Gallen

Approved on the application of Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Grünig

Dissertation no. 3412 Hoa Sen Design - Saigon, 2008

Analysis of the Vietnamese Banking Sector with special reference to Corporate Governance DISSERTATION Of the University of St. Gallen, Graduate School of Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences (HSG) to obtain the title of Doctor Oeconomiae

submitted by

Bao Toan Tran
from St. Gallen

Approved on the application of Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Grünig

Dissertation no. 3412 Hoa Sen Design, Saigon 2008

The University of St. Gallen, Graduate School of Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences (HSG) hereby consents to the printing of the present dissertation, without hereby expressing any opinion on the views herein expressed.

St. Gallen, October 15, 2007

The President: Prof. Ernst Mohr, PhD

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
“A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single step”, according to a Chinese saying. I took this first step on a long journey across time and space some years ago with the decision to start my doctoral studies. The doctoral thesis brought me back to my homeland, where I had the chance to get to know many people from business and from the government and to study my country from an interesting point of view – that of Corporate Governance. Now, close to my target, and while looking back, I have to say that the last journey of my official study has been really exciting, instructive but strenuous. Without encouragement and support from several people, I would never have reached this point. Above all, I would like to thank my supervisor Professor Dr. Martin Hilb, whose never-ending optimism and patience encouraged me to continue on my path. As a lonely (re-)searcher in a vast country where the topic “New Corporate Governance” is still unknown, I appreciate very much the fact that Professor Hilb took the time to listen and to discuss with me many issues that are now cropping up in this rapidly developing country and moreover, gave me valuable advice. I would also like to express my special gratitude to my co-Supervisor, Professor Dr. Rudolf Gruenig, who accompanied me on my last journey when I was at his University. His constant encouragement and inspiring support made me more confident. His problem-solving approach is different from the approach of Professor Hilb, which has benefited my development by giving me the opportunity to learn both. Like Yin and Yang, these two approaches complement each other – the rational and the emotional side. I also want to express my appreciation for the teamwork of Dr. Dinh Toan Trung and Mr. Nguyen Thanh Binh, which resulted in the translation of the book “New Corporate Governance” by Professor Dr. Martin Hilb into Vietnamese, and I also appreciate the many good-spirited and instructive discussions with them concerning this topic. My special thanks also go to Dr. Peter Mayer and Mr. Pieter Perrett, who proofread my thesis and helped with the proper use of the English language.

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Last but not least, I would like to thank my wife and children for their understanding and patience with me, and my family for their trust in me, for their unconditional love and support and for their understanding that, during this time, I could not be physically near them. This work is especially dedicated to my grandfather, who showed me the right direction to follow in my life, but left me alone too early.

Vietnam, October 2007

Tran Bao Toan

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ABBREVIATIONS ACB AD ADB AFTA AGM ALCO ALM AMC ASEAN ATM BC BIDV bn BOD BoP BTA CAR CBIs CEO CFO CG CH-e CH-i CIC...
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