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"Elite power, institutional voids and politics in state-owned enterprises in Indonesia"

Indri Dwi Apriliyanti disputerer for ph.d.-graden med avhandlingen «Elite power, institutional voids, and politics in state-owned enterprises in Indonesia» fredag 25. januar 2019. (Foto: Privat)

The major topic of my research is about the role of politics and elite power in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Indonesia where the country is characterized by institutional voids.

Indri Dwi Apriliyanti

Ph.d.-candiate, lecturer and researcher

Indri Dwi Apriliyanti at the University of Agder's School of Business and Law has submitted her thesis entitled «Elite power, institutional voids, and politics in state-owned enterprises in Indonesia», and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 25 January 2019.

She has followed the PhD-programme at the School of Business and Law, with specialisation in International Business / International Management.

The research and doctoral study is funded by In Search of Balance (ISB) project, it is a project between Norwegian and Indonesian government. See also newsarticle.

Summary of the thesis by Indri Dwi Apriliyanti

Politics and Power in Indonesian SOEs

The major topic of my research is about the role of politics and elite power in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Indonesia where the country is characterized by institutional voids.

Three essays

The topic is an umbrella for three other topics which conducted based on qualitative interview based research, and manifested into three essays.

  1. My first essay analyzes the board composition and board appointments of SOEs. This essay investigates actors who have the legal authority and actual power to determine appointments, what mechanisms those actors employ to select board members, and what underlying motives the actors have when appointing certain individuals as board members.
  2. Knowing that board members are appointed by certain actors with particular motives, and the board members have different background (education, work experience, and political ties), the second essay serves to open the ‘black box’ of the decision-making process in SOEs’ boardrooms. I found that every boardroom has its own distinctive situation: a particular power distribution, decision-making approach, and motivations among the board members, all of which combine to determine the types of decision outcomes that may occur in each boardroom.
  3. The third essay further examines how appointed board members, along with elected politicians in government (the president, ministers), top bureaucrats in government, party elites, business elites, and oligarchs engage in collusion to do illicit business practices in SOEs. This essay shows shows how the mechanisms of checks and balances that should have resulted from the corporate governance reform have not functioned effectively to prevent the power of elites to control SOEs and other state institutions.

 

Disputation facts:

The Candidate: Indri Dwi Apriliyanti, born in Samarinda, Indonesia (1986) Bachelor from Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; Master degree from Institute of International Management, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. I am currently a lecturer and researcher in Public Policy and Management Department, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

Dean Kristin Wallevik will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture and the public defense will take place at Sørlandet auditorium, Kunnskapsparken, Campus Kristiansand Friday 25 January 2019.

The trial lecture and defence are public and anyone interested is invited to attend.

Trial lecture at 11:15 a.m.

Public defense at 12:45 p.m.

Given topic for trial lecture“Corporate governance in emerging markets”

Thesis title: «Elite power, institutional voids, and politics in state-owned enterprises in Indonesia»

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder. The thesis will also be available at the University Library, and some copies will also be available for loan at the auditorium where the dissertation takes place.

Opponents:

First opponent: Professor Jana Oehmichen, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, Nederland

Second opponent: Professor Hans van Ees, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, Nederland

Professor Andreas Wald, Department of Management, UiA, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment commitee.

Supervisors were Professor Trond RandøyDepartment of Management (main supervisor) and Professor Stein KristiansenDepartment of Economics and Finance (supervisor)