The Role of Board Characteristics in Effective Corporate Governance: The Case of Airbus Group

20 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017

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Fotoh Elad

Karlstad University Business School, Student

Mei Ngan Wong

Karlstad University

Nko Bongbee

TD Bank

Date Written: January 20, 2017

Abstract

Recent financial crises, economic collapses, and the fall of giant corporations due to accounting fraud and governance irregularities has brought corporate governance to the limelight especially with regard to the role of the board of directors. The board of directors is charged with monitoring and advising management and likewise providing strategic direction for the corporation. Board characteristics are instrumental towards the effective implementation of corporate governance principles in firms. This study evaluates the influence of board characteristics of; board composition and independence, board size, board diversity, board meetings and committee structure on effective corporate governance practices in Airbus group. This paper adopts a qualitative approach through which secondary data obtained from the corporate governance report of the board of directors for 2015 is analyzed. The findings of the study highlight the significance of key board characteristics features in ensuring effective corporate governance practices. Therefore the implication of this study is for corporations to apply recommended board characteristic features which serve as a catalyst towards effective corporate governance in corporations.

Keywords: Board characteristics, Board of directors, Effectiveness, Corporate governance, Airbus group

JEL Classification: G30, G34, M41, M49

Suggested Citation

Elad, Fotoh and Wong, Mei Ngan and Bongbee, Nko, The Role of Board Characteristics in Effective Corporate Governance: The Case of Airbus Group (January 20, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2902928

Fotoh Elad (Contact Author)

Karlstad University Business School, Student ( email )

Sweden
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Mei Ngan Wong

Karlstad University ( email )

Sweden

Nko Bongbee

TD Bank ( email )

66 Welington St W
Toronto, ON M5K 1A2
Canada

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