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Ethics and Governance Assignment

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“Razer Inc., an investment holding company, researches, designs, develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells gaming peripherals, systems, software, services, mobiles, and accessories under the Razer brand in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, rest of the Asia Pacific. The company operates through four segments: Peripherals, Systems, Software and Services, and Others. It offers peripherals, such as gaming mice, headset, desktop, case, monitor, keyboard, controller, audio device, and mouse mat products, as well as apparel, bags, gear, gaming chair, smart glass, console platform, mobile device, mask, headphone amplifier, microphone, and camera products. The company also provides hardware products, including high-performance gaming peripherals; and Razer Blade gaming laptops. In addition, its software platform includes Razer Synapse, an Internet of Things platform; Razer Chroma RGB, a proprietary RGB lighting technology system; and Razer Cortex, a game optimizer and launcher. Further, the company offers Razer Gold, a game/digital entertainment payment service; and Razer Fintech, an offline-to-online digital payment networks in Southeast Asia. Additionally, it provides airtime electronic pins for prepaid services, reload prepaid credit services, and bill payment services; and electronic pins for online games and other related products; as well as establishes, maintains, and operates payment, clearing and settlement system, and other related activities. The company sells its products through a network of distributors and retailers. Razer Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.”

It found its success in its core business of gaming peripherals, but their new ventures in the gaming mobile phone, electronic payments fintech and their foray into retail gaming store  have failed.

This may have contributed to the current stock prices dipping down to HK $2.82 per share from its IPO price of HK $3.88 per share.

The majority shareholders, Tan Ming-Liang and Lim Kailing are offering HK$2.82 per share in a bid to delist Razer and there are plans to list the Company on Nasdaq USA for higher valuations.

For the purposes of this report, you are to assume that Razer intends to relist in the Singapore and that the Singapore Corporate Code applies.

You are a Corporate Governance Junior in the Pegasus Fund who have expressed interest in taking a substantial block of shares in the potential Nasdaq listing. You are now asked to draft a report to the Board detailing potential Corporate Governance weaknesses in Razer and recommend changes to the Board architecture.

Your boss hands the file to you and says: “These guys are no rocket scientists, make sure they don’t use our money to buy a rocket to fly to the moon!”.

Your recommendations must be backed up with an array of course literature and concepts related to stakeholder salience, Agency and Stewardship Theories, Family Ownership Structures, Board Architecture, Stakeholder representation on the Board, Independent Directorships, and Corporate Governance Codes.

You are to critically analyse the competency and independence of the current Board of Directors and suggest changes to the Board with profiles that come within the all the aforementioned Corporate Governance Theories in your course literature.

You should consider

How can organisations and specifically organisational boards be made more accountable (Schillemans and Bovens 2019)? 

From accountability (Schillemans and Bovens 2019) and stakeholder (Freeman 2008; Mitchell et al 1997) perspectives what are the strengths and weaknesses of the extant governance models?

Drawing on course literature and concepts (for example Psaros 2008; Mitchell et al 1997; Boyd et al 2011; Morck, and Yeung, 2003; Young et al 2008) critically address these questions by interrogating literature on the following alternative governance models and structures (Government Business Enterprises (GBEs)/State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), cooperatives,  unitary boards, dual tier boards/codetermination/Works Councils). 

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