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ON THE SPECIFICS OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN IRAN AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Udo C. Braendle, Alireza Omidvar, Ali Tehraninasr

DOI: 10.22495/cocv10i3art5

Abstract

Corporate Governance (CG) is not a new concept for the transition economies of the Middle East, but corporate governance is especially important since these economies do not have the long-established institutional infrastructure to deal with corporate governance issues. This article is presenting the results of our survey analyzing the status quo of Corporate Governance in Iranian companies. The survey questions cover aspects of Corporate Governance awareness, board of directors, control environment, transparency and shareholder- as well as stakeholder rights. We find several specifics that apply to other countries in the MENA region too. Empowering shareholders and stakeholder, offering Corporate Governance trainings and case studies in the region as well as establishing a culture of independent directors is the way forward.

Keywords: Corporate Governance, Middle East, Iran, Shareholder, Stakeholders

How to cite this paper: Braendle, U. C., Omidvar, A., & Tehraninasr, A. (2013). On the specifics of corporate governance in Iran and the Middle East. Corporate Ownership & Control, 10(3), 49-62. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv10i3art5

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