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An overview of corporate governance is provided in this chapter, commencing with a discussion of alternative definitions of governance. Internal and external mechanisms of governance are described. The role of boards of directors, and theories explaining those roles, are also considered. In order to provide some insights into governance research, 15 academic papers with an Irish angle were selected for analysis, by reference to theoretical perspective, governance mechanism studied, research method adopted and results. The analytical table demonstrates the variety of research conducted. Some concluding comments are then drawn.