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The relationship between board characteristics and earnings management in Nigerian listed companies

Salihi, Awaisu Adamu (2014) The relationship between board characteristics and earnings management in Nigerian listed companies. Masters thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

Board characteristics have been affecting companies‟ earnings due to managers‟ efforts to employ several strategies intentionally to manipulate firms‟ earnings in order to match their predetermined target, and such characteristic may influence the possibility of mispresentation of the reported earnings by managers. The objective of this study is to examine the relationship between board characteristics and earnings management in the Nigerian listed companies. A total of 79 listed companies in Nigerian Stock Exchange are selected and analyzed. Data are solely obtained from secondary sources, using annual reports and accounts of the sample companies for the financial year 2012. The results show that the board size positively and significantly affects earnings management. However, audit committee size is found negative and marginally significant with earnings management. The results suggest that larger board size is not efficient to minimize the tendency of managers to manage earnings and audit committee size should be increased in order to minimize the likelihood of earnings management.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Audit Committee, Board Characteristics, Board Size, Earnings Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor. > HD2709-2930.7 Corporations
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce. > HF5667 Professional Ethics. Auditors.
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 10:03
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 02:10
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/4613

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