THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURAL VALUES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: LESSONS FROM FIVE CORPORATIONS

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Elsa Satkunasingam, Aaron Yong Sern Cherk

DOI:10.22495/cocv9i4c2art3

Abstract

The Malaysian Code of Corporate Governance 2000 emphasises the monitoring role of the Board of Directors, especially that of independent directors. It has not however taken into account the cultural values in Malaysia which do not encourage differences of opinion or criticisms and has failed to provide sufficient safeguards for directors to exercise their role effectively. As a result, it is relatively easy for dominant Chairmen or CEOs especially in government-linked companies or CEO dominated companies to control the Board or senior management with very little opposition. This paper will discuss several incidences of financial mismanagement in companies caused by dominant directors with very little opposition from the rest of the board. It will highlight that the law has to take cultural values more seriously in order to equip the Board and especially independent directors with the ability to challenge dominant Board members.

Keywords: Board of Directors, Cultural Values, Chairman/CEO Control

How to cite this paper: Satkunasingam, E., & Sern Cherk, A. Y. (2012). The influence of cultural values on the board of directors: Lessons from five corporations. Corporate Ownership & Control, 9(4-2),221-229. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/cocv9i4c2art3