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|Title:||The effect of board structure and process disclosure on corporate performance in the emerging African markets|
|Author(s):||Hakim Ben Othman, (LIGUE, University of Manouba, Manouba, Tunisia and CGA Accounting Research Centre, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)|
|Citation:||Hakim Ben Othman, (2012) "The effect of board structure and process disclosure on corporate performance in the emerging African markets", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 27 Iss: 2, pp.156 - 174|
|Keywords:||Africa, Boards of directors, Business performance, Corporate governance, Disclosure, Emerging markets|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/02686901211189844 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of the board structure and process disclosure (henceforth BSPD) level on corporate performance, depending on the Anglophone vs Francophone business culture prevailing in African emerging markets.
Design/methodology/approach – The BSPD score is measured by searching 220 annual reports (year ended 2006) for information of 35 items provided by S&P's template in 11 emerging markets in Africa. The empirical model builds on multiple regressions and assumes interaction between the Anglophone/Francophone business culture and BSPD level to affect corporate performance.
Findings – African companies from countries having historical links with Great Britain exhibit substantially higher BSPD scores than those from countries having historical links with France. The influence of BSPD level on corporate performance is more pronounced for financial Anglophone African companies than non-financial Anglophone African companies.
Practical implications – Providing BSPD levels for African emerging markets helps to a better understanding of the board of directors' activity and characteristics that prevail in both Anglophone and Francophone African companies. The implications are potentially useful for regulators, market authorities and standard setters in order to provide new requirements on corporate governance narrative reporting in African emerging markets. BSPD scores obtained for African emerging markets can also serve for comparison with other emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Originality/value – This paper is one of the first to examine the effect of BSPD level on corporate performance in African emerging markers. This study contributes to asserting the role of Anglophone vs Francophone business culture in shaping the level of disclosure on board structure and activity and its influence on corporate performance in Africa.
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