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The presentation will be given in English. The DIJ Business & Economics Study Group is intended as a forum for young scholars and Ph.D. candidates in the field of Business and Economics Studies. Everybody is welcome to attend, but you are kindly asked to register by June 6th with



Corporate Governance in Multinational Corporations – Investigations in the Japanese Automotive Industry

7. Juni 2004 / 18:30

Harald Dolles


Andreas Moerke

Corporate governance – understood as the modes of organising ownership, control and management of a corporation – has been at the centre of discussion for many years. The significance of the subject can also be seen in changing legal frameworks, like the Sarbanes Oxley Act in the U.S., the new Commercial Code in Japan, and a number of Corporate Governance Codes in Europe. For multinational corporations (MNCs), corporate governance is important in even more dimensions. Firstly, there is a parent-subsidiary relationship in addition to the relationship of ownership and control that every firm is faced with. Secondly, MNCs are faced with different corporate governance systems in the home and in the host countries, which also influence the availability and effectiveness of corporate governance mechanisms.


This is the point our joint research deals with. We are interested in the question of to what extent subsidiaries of a MNC adopt the corporate governance mechanisms of their mother corporations (in the legal framework given), and the level of success they achieve. Our hypothesis is that successful corporations have stable corporate governance systems. There may even be a change in the orientation of the system (as can be seen in the case of Nissan after Renault’s involvement), but as long as there is a clear orientation, the system will function. What does not function, however, are hybrids, namely combinations of different systems and orientations.


Harald Dolles joined the DIJ in August 2001. His main areas of research are  International HRM and the management of  international co-operative ventures.


Andreas Moerke joined the DIJ in September 2001. His main research areas are Industrial Organization and Corporate Governance.


On the topic of „corporate governance in multinational corporations“ a research report is available:  DIJ Working Paper 04/03