Corporate governance of state-owned enterprises: A systematic analysis of empirical literature

Peter Daiser, Daniel Schmidt, Tamyko Ysa Figueras

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Purpose - The purpose of this study is to deliver further insights into empirical research on corporate governance of SOEs by systematizing existing knowledge, identifying current investigation backlogs, and deriving specific implications for future empirical research to address the lack of empirical knowledge in this field. Design/methodology/approach - The study follows a literature analysis approach through a systematic, quantitative analysis of broad-based database queries from EBSCOhost and Web of Science to derive recommendations for future empirical research on SOE-oriented corporate governance. Findings - The results indicate that empirical SOE-oriented corporate governance research is a growing field with wide-ranging opportunities for investigation. Given the lack of qualitative empirical research (representing only 21.7% of the studies identified) and the massive focus on regression analyses (69.9%) and secondary database data (77.2%), future empirical approaches should consider different methods and data sources. More qualitative research is needed for exploratory designs and canonical correlation-based statistical methods seem helpful for confirmatory approaches. In addition, 50.4% of the studies identified have a Chinese background, indicating room for studies from different cultural contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


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