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The effect of audit committee characteristics on compliance with IFRS for related party disclosures: Evidence from South Africa

Yosra Mnif Sellami (Department Accounting, Taxation and Law in High Institute of Business Administration of Sfax, Tunisia)
Hela Borgi Fendri (Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Sfax-Tunisia, Sfax, Tunisia and Laboratory: LARTIGE (LAboratoire de Recherche en Technologie d’Information, Gouvernance et Entrepreunariat), Faculty of Economics and Management, Sfax, Tunisia)

Managerial Auditing Journal

ISSN: 0268-6902

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of audit committee (AC) characteristics (size, independence, the number of meetings and expertise) on compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for related party disclosures (CRPD) in the South African context.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on an analysis of the consolidated financial statements of 120 non-financial firms listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) for the period 2012 to 2014. Panel regressions have been used.

Findings

The findings of this paper reveal that CRPD is positively influenced by AC independence. However, AC size and the number of AC meetings do not affect CRPD. Regarding expertise, the authors find that there is a positive and significant relationship between CRPD and have combined industry expertise with accounting and financial expertise. However, while accounting expertise by itself is associated with CPRD, industry expertise by itself is not associated with CRPD.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, there are no empirical studies that have addressed the effect of AC characteristics on compliance with IFRS for CRPD.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the constructive comments and suggestions from the anonymous referees and the editors.

Citation

Mnif Sellami, Y. and Borgi Fendri, H. (2017), "The effect of audit committee characteristics on compliance with IFRS for related party disclosures: Evidence from South Africa", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 603-626. https://doi.org/10.1108/MAJ-06-2016-1395

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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