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Dr Marie dela Rama

Core Member, Centre for Corporate Governance

B.Bus (Hons) B.A (UTS), PhD (Corporate Governance)

Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)

Email: Marie.DelaRama@uts.edu.au
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Publications

Research books chapters

dela Rama, M.J. 2012, 'Family-Owned Asian Business Groups and Corporate Governance' in Thomas Clarke and Douglas Branson (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Corporate Governance, SAGE Publications Limited, London, UK; Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 406-427.
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The following URL contains the details of the edited book. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book230401?siteId=sage-uk&prodTypes=any&q=branson&fs=1#tabview=toc I have received the PDF copy of my chapter from the publisher which I can send.

Clarke, T. & dela Rama, M.J. 2008, 'Editors introduction: Fundamental dimensions and dilemmas of corporate governance' in Clarke, T; dela Rama, M (eds), Fundamentals of Corporate Governance (4-Volume Set), Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. xix-xl.
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Substantial introduction to 4 volume series describing the content of the 4 volume series.

Clarke, T. & dela Rama, M.J. 2006, 'Editors' introduction - the governance of globalization' in Clarke, T; dela Rama, M (eds), Corporate Governance and Globalization, Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. xvii-xlii.
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Clarke, T. & dela Rama, M.J. 2004, 'The impact of socially responsible investment upon corporate social responsibility' in Crowther, D; Rayman-Bacchus, L (eds), Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility, Ashgate Publishing, Adershot, pp. 161-185.

Refereed journal articles

dela Rama, M.J. 2012, 'Corporate Governance and Corruption: Ethical Dilemmas of Asian Business Groups', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 109, no. 4, pp. 510-519.
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This study looks at how the corporate governance of family-owned business groups, the most dominant form of private sector organising in Asia, deals with different forms of corruption during the course of common business transactions. As a part of an ethnographic study conducted in 2007 to look at the impact of corporate governance reforms in the Philippines, one of the emergent themes from the study was the presence of significant corruption in the business environment of the country. A total of 40 semi-structured interviews were conducted with board members from business groups and senior public sector officials supplemented by document analysis of media articles and other text and participant observation. Using Rose-Ackerman+s typology of petty and grand corruption, results show the dilemmas faced when trying to operate within the precepts of corporate governance whilst dealing with the practical reality of corruption in public sector institutions. The results of the study provide empirical evidence into corruption+s impact on Asian business groups and contribute to knowledge on the links between strong institutions and the efficacy of corporate governance.

dela Rama, M.J., Edwards, M., Dalton, B.M. & Green, J. 2010, 'Honourable Intentions? Analysing the interests of private equity in the aged care sector', Third Sector Review, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 63-82.
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The Australian aged care industry was once dominated by non-profit organisations but recently ownership has changed significantly with the entry of for profit and in particular private equity investment vehicles. This paper provides an overview of the main players and the effects of private equity on the Australian aged care sector. The analysis is framed within the literature which examines the relationship between ownership type and the quality of community services. It also presents a series of case studies which suggest that a change of ownership from non-profit to private equity may have significant consequences for the quality of service provision.

dela Rama, M.J. 2009, 'Pension funds in a highly politicised environment: The case of the Philippines', Pensions: An International Journal, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 242-258.
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This article seeks to contribute to greater understanding of the challenges faced by pension funds in developing countries. This paper reviews the investment decisions and strategies of two government owned pension funds in a highly politicized environment. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Social Security System (SSS) are both government owned pension funds located in the Philippines. Interviews were conducted in 2007 with representatives from both pension funds, and other public and private sector interviewees as part of a broader research into the turbulent corporate governance landscape of the country. Feedback from reviewers: "With regards to your article, one reviewer was very complimentary; noting that your paper combined politics, history and some relevance to pensions reform around the world with an emphasis on investment. The Guest Editor for the special issue echoed these thoughts by highlighting the political issues that your paper raised." email correspondence from Victoria Rae, Publications, Palgrave MacMillan, 15 June 2009

Refereed conference papers

dela Rama, M.J., Volonte, C. & Zaby, S. 2014, 'Ceteris Paribus: Corporate Governance Practices in the Philippines and Switzerland', 27th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Hobart, Tasmania, December 2013 in 27th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference 2013, ed ANZAM, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Hobart, pp. 1-23.
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Double peer-reviewed conference paper held in December 2013

dela Rama, M.J. & Errington, A.E. 2012, 'The Pivotal Role of and Pervasive Influence of Business Groups in East Asia', 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2012), Perth Convention Center, Western Australia, December 2012 in Managing for Volatility and Instability, ed ANZAM Conference Organisers, 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 1-28.
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Double peer-reviewed conference: "The invitation to ANZAM members, both academic and practitioner, and professionals with a passion, interest and experience in management and associated fields to join us for the 26th ANZAM Conference resulted in the submissions of over 400 papers. After the traditional ANZAM double blind peer review under the guidance of the stream chairs, the papers that meet the required academic rigour and standard are included in these Conference Proceedings presented over the three day conference. The double blind peer review process resulted in the acceptance of 285 papers, all presented in the traditional ANZAM discipline and interest sessions as clustered by the stream chairs."

Hermens, A., dela Rama, M.J. & Hermens, G. 2012, 'Strategic Decision-Making and Board Leadership at an Australian Credit Union', 26th Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Perth Convention Centre, Western Australia, December 2012 in 26th Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, ed ANZAM Organisers, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 1-18.
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Double peer-reviewed: "The invitation to ANZAM members, both academic and practitioner, and professionals with a passion, interest and experience in management and associated fields to join us for the 26th ANZAM Conference resulted in the submissions of over 400 papers. After the traditional ANZAM double blind peer review under the guidance of the stream chairs, the papers that meet the required academic rigour and standard are included in these Conference Proceedings presented over the three day conference. The double blind peer review process resulted in the acceptance of 285 papers, all presented in the traditional ANZAM discipline and interest sessions as clustered by the stream chairs."

dela Rama, M.J. 2010, 'Adventures with NVivo: Analysing ethnographic results and the particularistic aspect of node saturation', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, Australia, December 2010 in 24th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : Managing Unknowable Futures, ed Gurd, B, ANZAM, Australia, pp. 1-15.
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This paper looks at a researcher's experience of analysing results from an ethnographic study of corporate governance in a developing country. After collecting three forms of data - interview questionnaire, media articles and participant observation - a computer assisted qualitative analysis data program called NVivo was applied. This paper looks at the Ô++adventureÔ++ or experience of analysing the data and the particularistic concept of node saturation that emerged whilst using the program to analyse the data. The use of NVivo has allowed for a thicker and richer discovery and analysis of the data but the inductive method applied in the analysis was also a time-consuming aspect in this particular research experience.

dela Rama, M.J. 2010, 'The dominance of family owned business groups in the Philippines', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, December 2010 in 24th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : Managing Unknowable Futures, ed Gurd, B, ANZAM, Australia, pp. 1-15.
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Family-owned business groups have long dominated the East Asian corporate landscape. This paper looks at the dominance of business groups in the Philippines and tries to explain their dominance by their role as filling the institutional voids left by government due to decades of political and economic instability. The paper also discusses the applicability of agency theory in the country. Finally, the paper looks at the downside to this common form of corporate organizing and how family businesses reflect the oligarchical nature of the countryÔ++s stratified society.

dela Rama, M.J. 2007, 'The Impact of Corporate Governance Reforms on Two Asia Pacific Stock Exchanges', Asia Pacific Economic Business History Conference, Sydney, Australia, February 2007 in 2nd Asia Pacific Economic Business History Conference: Varieties of Capitalist Development and Corporate Governance, ed APEBH, APEBH, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-32.
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Stock markets and their institutional administrators - stock exchanges - play important roles in Ô++fostering good standards of corporate governance.Ô++ (Maasen 1999:80) They are important corporate governance institutions in countries being intrinsically involved in the life cycle of public companies through listing, overseeing, regulating and delisting. In essence, they play a central role in the economic activities of the private sector. According to Summers (1987), financial markets are the wheels of economic growth, and Ô++local stock exchanges are the keystone of the financial market-centred model of national economic growth.Ô++ (Weber & Davis 2000: 4). Stock markets channel capital, are mechanisms for effective governance, and are a fulcrum for producing institutional and social change within an economy. Firstly, this paper discusses the major corporate governance systems around the world. Secondly, current corporate governance reforms are examined with reference to the profound influence of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance (1999, revised 2004), and the criticism of the Principles. Thirdly, the growth of capital markets from 1990 to 2005 and the dominance of Anglo-American stock exchanges are examined. Fourthly, the state of two stock exchanges in two Asia Pacific countries with differing socio-economic histories is compared: the Australian Stock Exchange with the Philippine Stock Exchange. Finally, the paper concludes with recommendations for the future direction of corporate governance reforms.

Reports

dela Rama, M.J., Edwards, M., Dalton, B.M. 2008, 'Submission No. 14 to the Australian Senate Community Affairs Committee on the Inquiry into the the Aged Care Amendment (2008) Measures No. 2 Bill', Australian Parliament House, Canberra, Australia, pp. 1-12.
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With two other School of Management colleagues, Melissa Edwards and Bronwen Dalton, we made this submission into the following Community Affairs Committee Inquiry. This submission was later cited by Ian Verrender, a Sydney Morning Herald journalist in his business column "Profit Not Improvement", 29th November 2008 http://business.smh.com.au/business/profit-not-improvement-the-motive-for-many-in-care-sector-20081128-6mz2.html

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