A panel of three very capable thinkers offered conference delegates insights into boards; board practice; and, continuing tensions between calls for corporate governance reforms in emerging markets, vibrant cultural differences and inconsistent capital market pressures. a summary of the insights and comments offered by panel members Thomas Clarke (UTS, Australia), Anderson Seny Kan (Université de Toulouse, France) and David Zoogah (Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA) follow:
While the three panel speakers observed many idiosyncrasies between emerging markets and with developed Anglo–American economies, a common thread emerged during the discussion. In most cases exogenous forces have held much of the power but this is starting to change. The role of the company in each economy is pivotal, both to the effective and fair operation of markets, and to contribute to the well-being of all citizens.
While the panel members did not explicitly focus their comments directly on corporate governance, the linkages and implications for boards were clear: that company leaders and boards have a crucial role to play in the development of emerging economies, and that role needs to be taken seriously.
Thoughts on corporate purpose, strategy and governance; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.