October 13-14, 2018

The International Corporate Governance Society will have its 4th annual conference in Shanghai, China. The theme of this conference focuses on corporate governance in emerging markets. Institutional development and economic liberalization of emerging markets create great business opportunities for firms both domestic and foreign. Yet corporate governance in emerging markets faces some unique challenges. For example, firm ownership in emerging markets is typically highly concentrated, especially in state- and family-owned firms. How to protect minority investors' interests from majority owners' exploitation represents a serious challenge. While the conference theme focuses on emerging markets, non-thematic submissions are also welcome. Due to our inter-disciplinary nature, we think of corporate governance in broad terms, which includes corporate social responsibility and ethical business practices.
Shanghai is a great place for scholars to meet and share their insights on corporate governance in emerging markets. The Shanghai and Yangzi Delta area is one of the most viable economic hubs in China, as it has both large state-owned firms and MNC subsidiaries, and it has stimulated domestic entrepreneurship in recent years. Shanghai Stock Exchange, one of China's two stock exchanges (the other is Shenzhen Stock Exchange) was opened in 1990, and to date it has become one of the largest stock exchanges (in terms of market capitalization) in the world. Having a conference in Shanghai offers scholars a great opportunity to observe and experience corporate governance in the context of an emerging market and expand your network with Asian scholars.

Keynote Speaker

We are honored to share that our distinguished keynote speaker for this conference is Prof. KIM Jeong Bon. Learn more about him by clicking below.

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2018 Conference Plenary Sessions

Plenary Panel 1:
"Family businesses in emerging markets"

Plenary Panel 2:
"Boards of directors in emerging markets"


Pre-Conference and Doctoral Consortium
October 12, 2018

The ICGS Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to get detailed and constructive feedbacks on their work by senior corporate governance scholars. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges in the field from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The consortium is open to both doctoral students who have completed approximately two to three years of their PhD program, and junior faculty not well experienced with publications in an international journal. For more information on how to apply to the ICGS doctoral workshop click here

How to Participate
Registration is available on the ICGS website( Please note, only members can register, and you can join by clicking here. If you are already a member, please log in and proceed.
Submission of abstracts starts February 1 and ends April 1, 2018. Please click here to submit your symposium or paper abstract to the conference.
All submissions to the conference will be on an on-line conference management system (CMS). If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified by e-mail and will use the account created on the CMS to submit your abstract and to register for the conference.
If you do not choose to submit an abstract, but want to attend the conference, then you will need to create an account on the CMS and then register for the conference.
We realize that sometimes qualified candidates from emerging economies sometimes have difficulties coming up with the funding to pay for conference registration, airfare and accommodations associated with international conferences. Because of that, the International Finance Corporate within the World Bank has pledged financial support for economy class airfare to provide financial assistance to worthy candidates. If you would like to be considered for this generous grant by the IFC, please e-mail Douglas Cumming at by June 1 and include a complete CV. Candidates who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to corporate governance teaching and research will be the focus of these awards.
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