The Corporate Governance Effects of Audit Committee

Turley, Stuart & Zaman, Mahbub (2014) The Corporate Governance Effects of Audit Committee. In Di Pietra, Roberto, McLeay, Stuart, & Ronen, Joshua (Eds.) Accounting and Regulation : New Insights on Governance, Markets and Institutions. Springer, New York, United States of America, pp. 133-159.

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This chapter provides a synthesis and evaluation of empirical research on the governance effects associated with audit committees. Given recent policy recommendations in several countries aimed at strengthening these committees, it is important to establish what research evidence demonstrates about their existing governance contribution. A framework for analyzing the impact of audit committees is described, identifying potential perceived effects which may have led to their adoption and documented effects on aspects of the audit function, on financial reporting quality and on corporate performance. It is also shown that most of the existing research has focused on factors associated with audit committee existence, characteristics, and measures of activity and there is very little evidence on the processes associated with the operation of audit committees and the manner in which they influence organizational behavior. It is clear that there is no automatic relationship between the adoption of audit committee structures or characteristics and the achievement of particular governance effects, and caution may be needed over expectations that greater codification around factors such as audit committee members’ independence and expertise as the means of ‘‘correcting’’ past weaknesses in the arrangements for audit committees. The most fundamental question concerning what difference audit committees make in practice continues to be an important area for research development. For future research we suggest: (1) greater consideration of the organizational and institutional contexts in which audit committees operate; (2) explicit theorization of the processes associated with audit committee operation; (3) complementing extant research methods with field studies; and (4) investigation of unintended as well as expected consequences of audit committees.

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ID Code: 79447
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Corporate governance, Audit Committee
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-8097-6_7
ISBN: 9781461480976
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2014 02:01
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 15:13

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