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Does media exposure moderate the relationship between ownership structure and environmental disclosure quality: evidence from Jordan

Husam Ananzeh (Department of Accounting, Irbid National University, Irbid, Jordan)
Abdullah Bugshan (Department of Business Administration, Jubail Industrial College, Jubail, Saudi Arabia)
Ibrahim Amayreh (School of Business, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 1 July 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Given the increasing emphasis on environmental issues, this study attempts to offer concrete evidence on the relationship between ownership structure and environmental disclosure quality and whether media exposure moderates this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample adopted in this study includes a group of 94 Jordanian companies listed on the Amman Stock Exchange from 2010 to 2016. Data about companies' environmental disclosure were manually collected using the content analysis method.

Findings

Our findings reveal that increasing the levels of ownership concentration and management ownership can negatively impact the quality of environmental reporting among companies in Jordan. This type of reporting, however, is likely to be benefited from the presence of a high level of foreign ownership. In terms of the role played by media, media coverage may act as a buffer against the negative relationship between environmental reporting and ownership concentration and management ownership. On the other hand, the relationship between foreign ownership and environmental reporting remains positive and significant no matter the amount of media attention the company is receiving.

Originality/value

This study is crucial because it contributes to the existing environmental debate studies in two crucial ways. It first offers the first evidence on how media exposure can moderate the relationship between ownership structure and environmental disclosure. Second, this study's findings provide important implications for regulators and policymakers in Jordan.

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Acknowledgements

Competing interests: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Citation

Ananzeh, H., Bugshan, A. and Amayreh, I. (2023), "Does media exposure moderate the relationship between ownership structure and environmental disclosure quality: evidence from Jordan", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 59-79. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-12-2021-0293

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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