THE ROLE OF EFFECTIVE AUDIT COMMITTEE IN STRENGTHENING THE FINANCIAL REPORTING: EVIDENCE FROM JORDANIAN LISTED COMPANIES

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Mo’taz Amin Al-Sa’eed, Soud M. Al-Mahamid

DOI:10.22495/cocv9i3art5

Abstract

This study aims to understand the features of an effective audit committee and its role in strengthening financial reporting. A questionnaire based survey was circulated to public listed companies on the Amman Stock Exchange (Banking, insurance, and financial institutions). The study was aimed at internal audit managers and finance managers. Out of 156 questionnaires, we received 110 back which represents a 71% response rate. The study results show that the research respondents have a good level of education and experience. In addition, there is a relationship between internal controls, international standards on auditing, institute of internal audit; Jordan securities commission requirements, external audit, understanding of audit committee functions, and financial reporting. Furthermore, the internal control, international standard on auditing and institute of internal audit, Jordan securities commission requirements, External audit, understanding of audit committee functions can explain a significant amount of the variability in financial reporting. Finally, the research results also show that age and gender make a difference for our respondents when they evaluate financial reporting. The study like other cross sectional studies is not free of limitations. Managerial implications and new avenues of future research are supplied. Future research also can borrow the research model and apply a longitudinal study to solve the cross sectional study problems.

Keywords: Audit Committee, Effectiveness, Independence, Internal Control, Financial Reporting, Disclosure, Corporate Governance

How to cite this paper: Al-Sa’eed, M. A., & Al-Mahamid, S. M.(2012). The role of effective audit committee in strengthening the financial reporting: Evidence from Jordanian listed companies. Corporate Ownership & Control, 9(3), 59-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/cocv9i3art5