Comparative and International Corporate Governance

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Comparative and International Corporate Governance
Ruth V. Aguileraa; Gregory Jacksonb a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, b Freie Universität Berlin, First published on: 05 July 2010

To cite this Article Aguilera, Ruth V. and Jackson, Gregory(2010) 'Comparative and International Corporate Governance',

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Comparative and International Corporate Governance

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Freie Universität Berlin

Abstract In this article, we examine the state of the art in comparative and international corporate governance by identifying the key research questions, main concepts, and paradigms of explanations of cross-country diversity in corporate governance. First, we discuss the multiple definitions of corporate governance across disciplines and explore how this multi-dimensional nature of corporate governance posses challenges when making cross-national comparisons. Second, we review existing comparative research on corporate governance and highlight some of the main characteristics of comparative analysis. Third, we analyze how comparative corporate governance has been understood from four different scholarly perspectives: economics and management, culture and sociology, legal, and political paradigms. We conclude from this third section that future research should make an effort to RuthAguilera 0000002010 00 Society Article 2010 Originalfor Research 1941-6520 Francis into Academy of Management Annals 10.1080/19416520.2010.495525 RAMA_A_495525.sgm Higher Education Taylor and (print)/1941-6067(online)

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