Good corporate governance in Nigeria: Antecedents, propositions and peculiarities

Emmanuel Adegbite

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Relying on an alternative theoretical framework (i.e. institutional theory), rather than the dominant agency theory, this paper examines the connections between corporate governance mechanisms and good practices, as informed by an empirical and contextual analysis. On the basis of research methods triangulation, this study presents nine specific antecedents of good corporate governance in weak institutional settings (Nigeria). The study proposes how each of these antecedents must be understood, articulated and harnessed, on the basis of relevant institutional peculiarities, in order to address contextual governance challenges. This study adds to the institutional theorising of good corporate governance, by paying attention to the context (African), efficiency (instrumentality) and legitimacy (symbolic) in explaining the firm-level drivers of good governance practices in an international business environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-330
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number2
Early online date30 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


  • Africa
  • Agency theory
  • Good corporate governance
  • Institutional theory
  • International business
  • International corporate governance
  • Nigeria


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