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Islamic values, ownership structure, corporate governance and disclosure in Saudi Arabian publicly listed corporations

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We investigate whether and to what extent publicly listed Saudi corporations voluntarily comply with and disclose recommended good corporate governance (CG) practices, and distinctively, examine whether the observed cross-sectional differences in such voluntary CG disclosures can be explained by corporate commitment to voluntarily embrace and incorporate Islamic values into business operations, as well as by traditional ownership structure and CG mechanisms. We find that corporations that depict greater commitment towards incorporating Islamic values into their operations through high Islamic values disclosure index score engage in higher CG disclosures than those that are not. Additionally, our results suggest that corporations with larger boards, a big-four auditor, higher government ownership, a CG committee and higher institutional ownership, disclose considerably more than those that are not. By contrast, we find that an increase in block ownership significantly reduces voluntary CG disclosure. Our results are generally robust to a number of econometric models that control for different types of disclosure indices, general firm-specific characteristics, and firm-level fixed-effects.

Keywords: Islamic values; Ownership structure; Corporate governance; Disclosure; Saudi Arabia

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Al-Bassam, Waleed, Elghuweel, Mohamed, Ntim, Collins G. and Soobaroyen, Teerooven (2012) Islamic values, ownership structure, corporate governance and disclosure in Saudi Arabian publicly listed corporations , Southampton, GB University of Southampton

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Published date: 30 August 2012
Organisations: Centre of Excellence in Decision, Analytics & Risk Research, Accounting

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Local EPrints ID: 343632
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343632
PURE UUID: 0d154608-0dc2-4187-b517-483feb7b03b7

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Date deposited: 09 Oct 2012 13:54
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:21

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Author: Waleed Al-Bassam
Author: Mohamed Elghuweel
Author: Collins G. Ntim
Author: Teerooven Soobaroyen

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