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Corporate governance and audit features: SMEs evidence

Basil Al-Najjar (Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics, Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Article publication date: 3 January 2018

Issue publication date: 6 February 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of corporate governance factors on audit features, namely, audit fees and the selection of Big 4 audit firms within the UK SMEs context.

Design/methodology/approach

The author uses different regression models to investigate the impact of corporate governance characteristics on audit features, and employs cross-sectional time series models as well as two-stage least squares technique. In addition, the author has used logit analysis to examine the effect of corporate governance factors on the selection of Big 4 audit firms.

Findings

The author provides new evidence that governance mechanisms in SMEs affect different audit features. The results show that corporate governance mechanisms are important in determining audit fees. The author detects a positive impact of board independence, audit meeting and board size on audit fees. The author also reports evidence that governance factors determine the selection of Big 4 audit firms. In particular, the author reports that independent directors and audit diligence positively affect the decision to select Big 4 audit firms.

Originality/value

This paper investigates the under-researched relationship between audit features and corporate governance using UK SMEs. In so doing, the author aims to provide new insights into this relationship within the SMEs context.

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Citation

Al-Najjar, B. (2018), "Corporate governance and audit features: SMEs evidence", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 163-179. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-08-2017-0243

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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