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Governance and Risk Management: Empirical Evidence from Malaysia and Egypt


  • Rashidah Abdul Rahman

    (Professor of Accounting, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor,Malaysia)

  • Siti Balqis Noor

    (Universiti Teknologi MARA40450 Shah Alam, Selangor,Malaysia)

  • Tariq Ismail

    (College of Business Administration, Majmmah University, Majmaah, Saudi Arabia)


The perceptions of Islamic banking professionals are surveyed through a questionnaire to explore whether the process of risk management mediates board involvement in risk management and risk management practices of Islamic banks in Malaysia and Egypt. The findings of this study identified that the Islamic banks in the selected countries are somewhat efficient in their risk management process. It was noticed that board involvement in risk management, process of risk management and risk management among Islamic banks in Malaysia are significantly higher than their counterparts in Egypt. Furthermore, high involvement of boards in risk management significantly increases the risk management process, and in turn, leads to significantly higher risk management practices in Islamic banks. Hence, boards should take formal responsibility for setting, managing and periodically assessing the risk management culture of the banks. It is expected that the outcomes of this study would help policy setters in the selected countries to develop a well-structured and harmonized risk management process that enhance risk management practices, with emphasis on the effective involvements of the board of directors and Shari’ah supervisory boards in risk management practices.

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  • Rashidah Abdul Rahman & Siti Balqis Noor & Tariq Ismail, 2013. "Governance and Risk Management: Empirical Evidence from Malaysia and Egypt," International Journal of Finance & Banking Studies, Society for the Study of Business & Finance, vol. 2(3), pages 21-33, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijfbss:v:2:y:2013:i:3:p:21-33

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