Title

Corporate governance and company performance in Australia

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Christensen, J, Kent, P & Stewart, J 2010, 'Corporate governance and company performance in Australia', Australian Accounting Review, vol. 20,no. 4, pp. 372-396.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1835-2561.2010.00108.x

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This study tests whether the adoption of Australian best practice corporate governance recommendations is associated with financial performance measured by return on assets (ROA) and Tobin’s Q. Results suggest that recommended corporate governance structures relating to the adoption of board sub-committees are sound policy recommendations that enhance performance using the accounting measure ROA and the market-based measure Tobin’s Q. In contrast, the emphasis on board independence guidelines, specifically having outside independent directors, has a negative impact on ROA and Tobin’sQ.However,thereareconflictingsignificant results between the accounting and market measures for having a dual CEO/chairperson and board size.