Department of Accountancy and Law
Enterprise ownership and control in China: Governance with a Chinese twist
Inefficient state-owned enterprises in China were compelled to restructure to remain competitive, which resulted in phenomenal economic growth. While economically successful, China did not initially have any indigenous laws to regulate companies or control this growth, so Chinese lawmakers had to transplant corporate laws from developed Western countries. However, this transplantation process did not occur without problems, and certain domestic attributes had to be supplemented in corporate legislation to correspond with Chinese socialistic objectives and cultural values. This article analyzes the key attributes of Chinese corporate governance and regulations concerning shareholders' rights and, in the process, highlights provisions that are peculiar and characterized as uniquely Chinese, ultimately raising more questions than answers for shareholders. © 2012 Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.
Chinese company law, Chinese corporate governance, Chinese joint stock company, Chinese law reform, Chinese LLC, State-owned enterprises (SOE)
Source Publication Title
Ho, Daniel, Alex Lau, and Angus Young. "Enterprise ownership and control in China: Governance with a Chinese twist." Business Horizons 55.6 (2012): 575-582.