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The impact of board diversity on corporate governance in medium-sized private enterprises in Gauteng

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dc.contributor.advisor Pienaar, Sunette
dc.contributor.advisor Nienaber, Hester Kruger, Hermanus Barend 2013-07-25T11:51:20Z 2013-07-25T11:51:20Z 2013-07-25
dc.identifier.citation Kruger, Hermanus Barend (2013) The impact of board diversity on corporate governance in medium-sized private enterprises in Gauteng, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The South African economic landscape changed for ever after the first democratic election of 1994. The change heralded an era of inclusion, the economic landscape became open to people from all races, whereas before economic power was centralised in the hands of a minority group due to Apartheid legislation. Exploring the relationship of diversity of board members on the corporate governance of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMME’s) in South Africa has become imperative. Understanding the relationship, if any, which exists can aid SMME’s in board selection and corporate governance alike. Data for the study was collected through a self-enumerated questionnaire completed electronically and followed-up by interviews with heads of boards surveyed. Both the questionnaire and the interviews focussed on corporate governance, which included different components of governance such as the general principles of governance followed in the enterprise, the stakeholder focus exerted by the board of directors and the functioning of the board of directors. This resulted in a score for the enterprise which can be expressed as a percentage. This governance indicator was related to questions on the diversity of board members. The findings were in many cases contradictive when a single variable was observed against the score an enterprise achieved for governance. When taking a more holistic approach and evaluating multiple variables, it became evident that it is rather a combination of variables which displays some relationship with corporate governance. This study found that board diversity does have a relationship with corporate governance. The magnitude of this relationship could not be ascertained and warrants further research in a wider spectrum of the South African economy and also with a larger group of subjects. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 87 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights University of South Africa
dc.subject Corporate governance en
dc.subject Board diversity en
dc.subject Medium-sized private enterprises en
dc.subject Gauteng en
dc.subject.ddc 658.422096822
dc.subject.lcsh Corporate governance -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Directors of corporations -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Executive ability -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Corporate culture -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational behavior -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Small business -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Management
dc.title The impact of board diversity on corporate governance in medium-sized private enterprises in Gauteng en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Business Management en M. Tech. (Business Administration)

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