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Corporate risk disclosure and key audit matters: the egocentric theory

Mahmoud Elmarzouky (Kingston Business School, Kingston University, London, UK)
Khaled Hussainey (Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Tarek Abdelfattah (Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK) (Faculty of Commerce, Mansoura University, Egypt)
Atm Enayet Karim (Department of Accounting and Financial Management, Global Banking School, Birmingham, UK)

International Journal of Accounting & Information Management

ISSN: 1834-7649

Article publication date: 15 March 2022

Issue publication date: 15 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide unique interdisciplinary research evidence between the risk information disclosed by auditors and the risk information disclosed by corporate managers. In particular, it investigates the association between the level of risk information disclosed by auditors (key audit matters [KAMs]) and the level of corporate narrative risk disclosure.

Design/methodology/approach

The study sample consists of the UK FTSE all-share non-financial firms across six financial years. The authors use a computer-aided textual analysis, and the authors use a bag of words to score the sample annual reports.

Findings

The results suggest that KAMs and corporate narrative risk disclosure levels vary across the industries. The authors found a significant positive association between the risk information disclosed by auditors and the risk information disclosed by corporate managers. Also, the authors found that FTSE 100 firms exhibit higher significance between the ongoing concern and the level of narrative risk disclosure.

Practical implications

The study approach helps assess the level of management risk reporting behaviour due to the new auditor risk reporting standards. This helps to emphasise how auditors and companies engage and communicate risk-related information to stakeholders. Standard setters should suggest a more detailed reporting framework to protect the shareholders. The unique findings are incredibly beneficial to the regulators, standard setters, investors, creditors, suppliers, customers, decision makers and academics.

Originality/value

This paper provides a shred of extraordinary evidence of the impact of auditor risk reporting and management risk reporting. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no study has yet investigated the corporate narrative disclosure after the new audit standards ISA 700 and ISA 701.

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Citation

Elmarzouky, M., Hussainey, K., Abdelfattah, T. and Karim, A.E. (2022), "Corporate risk disclosure and key audit matters: the egocentric theory", International Journal of Accounting & Information Management, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 230-251. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJAIM-10-2021-0213

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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