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Corporate governance: earnings management linkages: impact of audit committee composition and operational characteristics

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  • S. Mitchell Williams
  • Greg Tower

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Our study documents a comprehensive simultaneous analysis of the association between five-audit committee composition and operational characteristics features and earnings management based on a sample of 485 organisational-years of Singapore publicly traded organisations. Findings provide only partition support for the view organisations with a higher proportion of independent audit committee members are more effective at constraining earnings management. Organisations with audit committees that are more diligent and/or lack the presence of independent directors serving simultaneously on a substantial number of boards and committees are more effective at constraining earnings management. Audit committee expertise and the presence of a senior executive director on the committee do not appear to influence the committee's ability to constrain earnings management. Our findings are robust to alternative income-incentives facing corporate management and entices associated with different levels of ownership concentration. Overall, our findings are rich with policy and practical implications.

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  • S. Mitchell Williams & Greg Tower, 2004. "Corporate governance: earnings management linkages: impact of audit committee composition and operational characteristics," International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(4), pages 401-431.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijaape:v:1:y:2004:i:4:p:401-431
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