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Do compositions of board and audit committee improve financial disclosures?

Arunima Haldar (S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, India)
Mehul Raithatha (Indian Institute of Management Indore, Indore, India)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the impact of corporate governance practices on the level of financial disclosures made by the Indian firms. This assumes importance in the context of the role of financial disclosures in addressing the agency problem.

Design/methodology/approach

Financial disclosure score is computed by considering disclosures provided by the generally accepted accounting principles and is the dependent variable. The independent variable – corporate governance score – is an index comprising internal governance mechanisms. The authors empirically examine the impact of corporate governance practices on financial disclosure using multiple regression model for 200 large listed Indian firms.

Findings

The study suggests that quality of governance practices significantly improves financial disclosure practices of the firm. Particularly, the composition of the audit committee is effective in improving disclosures.

Practical implications

The finding has implications for policy makers and practitioners. It will help investors, lenders, and other stakeholders to assess firms’ financial disclosure quality. In addition, the findings, suggest the influence of governance practices on disclosure, might help in the formulation of appropriate policies about board structure and audit function. It is also a call to investors to emphasize on governance quality of the investing firms.

Originality/value

The study builds a case for an urgent intervention for improving the existing governance standards to advance the quality of financial disclosure in an emerging market context.

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Citation

Haldar, A. and Raithatha, M. (2017), "Do compositions of board and audit committee improve financial disclosures?", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 251-269. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-05-2016-1030

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