Corporate Governance and Company Performance in Australia


  • Jacqueline Christensen,

  • Pamela Kent,

  • Jenny Stewart

Dr Pamela Kent, Professor of Accounting, School of Business, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4229. Phone: +61 7 5595 2279; Fax: +61 7 5595 1100; email:


This study tests whether the adoption of Australian best practice corporate governance recommendations is associated with financial performance measured by return on assets (ROA) and Tobin's Q. Results suggest that recommended corporate governance structures relating to the adoption of board sub-committees are sound policy recommendations that enhance performance using the accounting measure ROA and the market-based measure Tobin's Q. In contrast, the emphasis on board independence guidelines, specifically having outside independent directors, has a negative impact on ROA and Tobin's Q. However, there are conflicting significant results between the accounting and market measures for having a dual CEO/chairperson and board size.