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The impact of ownership structure on financial reporting quality in the east

Qaiser Rafique Yasser (University Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Malaysia)
Abdullah Al Mamun (Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia)
Margurite Hook (Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to focus mainly on the relationship between ownership structure and earnings management of a developed and two developing economies, and is distinct from prior research.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a sample of firms from three countries (Australia, Malaysia and Pakistan), the detailed ownership evolutions for the period 2011-2013 were observed.

Findings

Overall, the authors find that in the East, ownership concentration is negatively associated with financial reporting quality. Individual ownership and group ownership were negatively associated with earnings management in Pakistan, however, not in Malaysia where the same were positively associated. Further, the result of this study indicated that state ownership is negatively associated with firm performance. Among the control variables, it was found that larger firms were negatively correlated with financial reporting, while firms with a larger board size and mature in the maneuver were coupled positively with earnings management.

Originality/value

The results highlight the highly individualized effects of blockholders and the need for research to further understand the mechanisms through which shareholders impact financial reporting quality.

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Citation

Yasser, Q.R., Mamun, A.A. and Hook, M. (2017), "The impact of ownership structure on financial reporting quality in the east", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 178-197. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-08-2015-0894

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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