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Risk management committee and risk management disclosure: evidence from Australia

Jing Jia (School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia)
Zhongtian Li (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Lois Munro (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

Pacific Accounting Review

ISSN: 0114-0582

Article publication date: 25 July 2019

Issue publication date: 8 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the relationship between risk management committees (RMCs) and risk management disclosure (RMD) quality. Specifically, the existence of stand-alone RMCs and a number of RMC characteristics, including RMC size, RMC independence, number of RMC meetings and RMC members’ human capital is investigated.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample comprises top 100 Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed companies during the period between 2010 and 2012, when RMD began to be guided by detailed recommendations in Australia. Following the RMD framework used by Jia et al. (2016), RMD quality is measured based on its quantity, relevance, width and depth. Ordinary least squares (OLS) regressions were used to test the relationship between stand-alone RMC, RMC characteristics and RMD quality.

Findings

The results show that the existence of a stand-alone RMC, the human capital of RMC and RMC size are positively associated with RMD quality. In contrast, RMC independence and the number of RMC meetings are not found to have a significant association with RMD quality.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the current RMD literature by investigating whether a stand-alone RMC and different RMC characteristics are associated with RMD quality. The results of this study provide useful and new empirical evidence about the relationship between RMCs and RMD quality for researchers, companies, and regulators.

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Citation

Jia, J., Li, Z. and Munro, L. (2019), "Risk management committee and risk management disclosure: evidence from Australia", Pacific Accounting Review, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 438-461. https://doi.org/10.1108/PAR-11-2018-0097

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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