Financial accounting information, organizational complexity and corporate governance systems

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We posit that limited transparency of firms' operations to outside investors increases demands on governance systems to alleviate moral hazard problems. We investigate how ownership concentration, directors' and executive's incentives, and board structure vary with: (1) earnings timeliness, and (2) organizational complexity measured as geographic and/or product line diversification. We find that ownership concentration, directors' and executives' equity-based incentives, and outside directors' reputations vary inversely with earnings timeliness, and that ownership concentration, and directors' equity-based incentives increase with firm complexity. However, board size and the percentage of inside directors do not vary significantly with earnings timeliness or firm complexity. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bushman, R; Chen, Q; Engel, E; Smith, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 167 - 201

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-4101

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jacceco.2003.09.005

Citation Source

  • Scopus