Firm- and country-level antecedents of corporate governance compliance and disclosure in MENA countries

Sarhan, Ahmed and Ntim, Collins G. (2018) Firm- and country-level antecedents of corporate governance compliance and disclosure in MENA countries. Managerial Auditing Journal, 33 (6/7). pp. 558-585. ISSN 0268-6902

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/maj-10-2017-1688

Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the level of compliance with, and disclosure of, corporate governance best practice recommendations and the firm- and country-level factors that can explain discernible differences in the level of compliance with, and disclosure of, corporate governance best practice recommendations in a number of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries. Design/methodology/approach: The authors use the widely used content analysis technique to examine the level of compliance with, and disclosure of, corporate governance best practice recommendations in a sample of listed corporations in MENA countries. In addition, the authors use the ordinary least square multiple regression analysis technique to examine the firm- and country-level antecedents of the level of compliance with, and disclosure of, corporate governance best practice recommendations. The findings are generally robust to different types of firm- and country-level factors, alternative measures and potential endogeneity problems. Findings: The findings of this study are two-fold. First, the level of voluntary compliance with, and disclosure of, corporate governance best practice recommendations among MENA listed corporations is low and differs substantially across firms. Second, the evidence suggests that firm- and country-level factors, including religiosity, national governance quality and macroeconomic factors, have a positive and significant impact on voluntary compliance with, and disclosure of, corporate governance best practice recommendations. Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this paper is the first to examine both the potential firm- and country-level factors affecting voluntary compliance with, and disclosure of, corporate governance best practice recommendations among MENA listed corporations from a neo-institutional theoretical perspective. The results of our study provide regulators and policymakers with the impetus to encourage greater efforts towards pursuing reforms that seek to improve national governance quality, economic environment and positive religious practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: s Corporate governance, Religiosity, Disclosure, Neo-institutional theory, MENA countries, Macroeconomic factors
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N300 Finance
N400 Accounting
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2020 09:38
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 09:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44940

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