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Transparency: Panacea for Corruption-Free Governance and Reforms?

  • Anil Srivastava
Part of the Advances in Theory and Practice of Emerging Markets book series (ATPEM)


In the aftermath of recent corporate and government scandals, stakeholders have become wary, demanding more transparency and accountability in organizational processes. Transparency is a complex concept, with various perspectives existing in academic literature and many organizations struggling to identify an adequate level of transparency which balances the expectations of its various stakeholders. These expectations may be shaped by the cultural environment, and consequently, the desired level of transparency from an organization may be a function of country culture. While there is much academic literature pertinent to transparency in developed countries, very few researchers have explored this domain in the Indian context. Hence, considering the importance of and need for organizational transparency in India, our study raises three key research questions, to empirically examine the concept of transparency and expand the understanding of factors affecting transparency in public and private organizations.


Transparency Interest groups Corruption Governance Public organizations Private organizations Culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anil Srivastava
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  1. 1.Department of Management StudiesIndian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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