Corporate Governance in China - is Economic Growth Potential Hindered by Guanxi?
17 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2005
Despite the opening of the market and partial privatization of state-owned companies in China, the state still represents the controlling shareholder in larger companies. By analyzing the weaknesses of Chinese corporate governance we illustrate the framework for harmful corruption. China is characterized by a weak legal system and strong influences of traditions such as guanxi. In this article we analyze the influence of guanxi on the Chinese corporate governance system. We find that guanxi is in general a double-edged sword, but business-to-government guanxi in particular can harm the weak Chinese corporate governance system and hamper its further economic development and growth.
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