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Effect of Corporate Governance on Corporate Performance: Sri Lankan Evidence

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I. R. H. M. T. P. Rajakaruna ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale, LK
About I. R. H. M. T. P.
Department of Accountancy & Finance, Faculty of Management Studies
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R. M. N. C. Swaranapali

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale, LK
About R. M. N. C.
Department of Accountancy & Finance, Faculty of Management Studies
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Abstract

Effective corporate governance practices contribute significantly to various aspects of an organization as a strategic direction. This study examines the impact of corporate governance practices on corporate performance. The top fifty companies from five industries listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange were selected as the sample. Secondary data was extracted from financial statements covering a five year period from 2014 to 2019. Six corporate governance practices; financial acumen, board independence, board size, CEO duality, board committees, and board gender diversity were tested against corporate performance indicators: return on assets, return on equity, and Tobin’s Q. Results of multivariate analysis indicated that board size and committees positively impact on corporate performance, while other variables do not provide any significance. The findings of the study will fill some gaps in extant literature in the corporate governance field. It may also facilitate significant policy implications relating to corporate governance by strengthening existing rules and regulations in the institutional framework.
How to Cite: Rajakaruna, I.R.H.M.T.P. and Swaranapali, R.M.N.C., 2021. Effect of Corporate Governance on Corporate Performance: Sri Lankan Evidence. Wayamba Journal of Management, 12(2), pp.373–399. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/wjm.v12i2.7545
Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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