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Audit Committee: A Summary of the Findings of Some Existing Literature


  • Hossain, Dewan Mahboob
  • Khan, Arifur Rahman


This paper attempts to provide a summary of findings of the fast-growing theoretical and empirical literature on audit committee mainly basing on several available articles. Particular emphasis was given on the issues like the conflicts arising from the relationship between managers and shareholders, earnings management, formation of audit committee, auditors’ independence and quality of financial reporting and their relationship with audit committee. The study also aims at exploring the key success factors in the introduction and implementation of audit committees in the corporate world.

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  • Hossain, Dewan Mahboob & Khan, Arifur Rahman, 2006. "Audit Committee: A Summary of the Findings of Some Existing Literature," MPRA Paper 55152, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:55152

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    1. DeZoort, F. Todd & Hermanson, Dana R. & Houston, Richard W., 2003. "Audit committee support for auditors: The effects of materiality justification and accounting precision," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 175-199.
    2. Collier, Paul & Gregory, Alan, 1999. "Audit committee activity and agency costs," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 18(4-5), pages 311-332.
    3. Jensen, Michael C. & Meckling, William H., 1976. "Theory of the firm: Managerial behavior, agency costs and ownership structure," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 3(4), pages 305-360, October.
    4. Xie, Biao & Davidson, Wallace III & DaDalt, Peter J., 2003. "Earnings management and corporate governance: the role of the board and the audit committee," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 295-316, June.
    5. Eichenseher, John W. & Shields, David, 1985. "Corporate director liability and monitoring preferences," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 13-31.
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    1. Adnan Ahmad & Humera Manzoor & Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, 2017. "Corporate Governance as a Determinant of Stock Price Synchronicity: Empirical Evidence from Pakistan," Global Regional Review, Humanity Only, vol. 2(1), pages 289-304, June.

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    audit committee; corporate governance;

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    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting


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