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ISSN: 2151-6219

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A Focus on Corporate Governance and the Relationship with Business

Vartikka Indermun1 and Mohamed Saheed Bayat2*

1Academic Lecturer at Management College of Southern Africa, South Africa

2Academic Dean-Management College Southern Africa and Adjunct Professor University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Mohamed Saheed Bayat
Academic Dean- Management College Southern Africa
and Adjunct Professor University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Tel: + 27216859072
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: January 07, 2014; Accepted Date: January 23, 2015; Published Date: January 30, 2015

Citation: Indermun V, Bayat MS (2015) A Focus on Corporate Governance and the Relationship with Business. Bus Eco J 6:137. doi: 10.4172/2151-6219.1000137

Copyright: © 2015 Bayat MS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Corporate governance and business has become the focus for the 21st century. Corporate governance is about the way power is exercised over corporate entities. Business will ensure that the way companies are governed ethical dimensions and power is exercised over them. In other words, business ethics is inherently part of corporate governance. It is not an optional exercise in corporate citizenship. In today’s environment stakeholders have high expectations that companies should be run in accordance with good corporate governance practices. As a practical matter, many companies recognise that to encourage positive behaviours and repeat business with their customers, they need to undertake their business in the right way. Companies therefore draw up their values, embed them with their employees, and monitor that they do business according to them, knowing they will be held to account if they do not. The values espoused include for example integrity, honesty and openness. However not all companies do this. The questions of what is the “right way to run a business” are inherent in all aspects within corporate governance which will include an ethical focus. Corporate governance lies at the very heart of the way businesses are run. The extent to which business decisions reflect values and principles is a key to long term success. The article focuses on various dimensions and obligations and ultimately looks at different elements and stages in relationship to various practices. A focus of Friedman’s theory is also provided and ultimately the characteristics of the King Report on Corporate Governance is reflected and discussed.

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