Transnational boards and governance regimes: A Franco-British comparison

Charles Harvey, Mairi Maclean

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Introduction, This chapter assesses the argument that a transnational community of elite corporate directors, bonded by shared values and assumptions, and spanning leading international companies, is emerging as a consequence of globalization and the harmonization of corporate governance practices. Governance regimes are inextricably connected to the interplay between national business systems and the processes, albeit nascent, of transnational community-building. The past decade has witnessed extraordinary global change, fuelled by heightened competition, and marked by extensive transnational corporate restructuring. Internationalization has raised questions concerning the extent to which best practice in governance regimes may be transported from one national business system to another (Djelic 1998; Whitley 1999). This has generated much research on the prospects for international convergence (Pedersen and Thomsen 1997; Rhodes and van Apeldoorn 1998; Carati and Tourani Rad 2000; Aguilera and Jackson 2003; Toms and Wright 2005; Maclean and Harvey 2008), to which the growing internationalization of the boards of leading global companies might be deemed to be contributing (Conyon and Muldoon 2006; Scherer et al. 2006; Staples 2007). Against this supposed trend, however, it can be seen that actors involved in rule-setting at international level often remain embedded in national and local cultures and environments, from which they extend their behaviors and strategies into the global domain (Djelic and Quack 2003a). A community, from our perspective, is a defined set of individuals with shared values, assumptions and beliefs, whose interests, whether material, aesthetic or ideological, are bound together. Communities bind individuals into a collective whole.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Communities
Subtitle of host publicationShaping Global Economic Governance
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780511778100
ISBN (Print)9780521518789
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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