THE KEY CHALLENGES OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE OF FIRMS: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN ANGLOPHONE (SSAA) COUNTRIES

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Adeoye Afolabi

DOI:10.22495/cocv13i3c3p1

Abstract

This paper uses empirical evidence to identify views about the important components of good corporate governance practice for listed firms in Sub-Saharan African Anglophone countries. This study used survey questionnaire based on international corporate governance norms, data were collected from listed firms in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. The findings include: In Ghanaian and South African firms there are evidence that regulatory framework and enforcement of corporate governance promote sound corporate governance system. This study revealed that commitment of board of directors to disclosure and communication may provide effective corporate practices. Political environment and ownership structure of firms’ hinder sound corporate governance practices. Accounting system operating in each country plays a vital role in promoting sound corporate governance system. However, societal, cultural and corruption seem to deter corporate governance system in Ghanaian and South African firms. We recommend that there should be prudent monitoring of corporate governance rules and enforcement.

Keywords: Institutional Characteristics, Directors, External Factors, Corporate Governance And OLS

How to cite this paper: Afolabi, A. (2016). The key challenges of corporate governance of firms: Empirical evidence from Sub-Saharan African anglophone (SSAA) countries. Corporate Ownership & Control, 13(3-3), 415-433. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv13i3c3p1