The Influence of Audit Committee Characteristics on Modified Audit Opinion in Jordan
The Jordanian Corporate Governance Code (JCGC) was first enacted in 2004 and revised in 2017. It offers standards for ethical and decent practices in the corporates. Law in Jordan in 2009 has enforced the formation of an audit committee for all listed companies. Literature has substantiated that the audit committee characteristic (ACCs) impact the quality of financial reporting. This work investigates the role of ACCs in lessening the prospect of corporates in obtaining modified audit opinion in the context of Jordan. Four ACC problems (expertise, independent, meeting, and size) have been studied and the modified audit opinion. The total sample of 117 listed companies on the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) was studied. The relationship between the modified audit opinions (dependent variable), and ACCs (expertise, independent, meeting, and size; as independent variables) was analyzed using logistic regression. The ACCs is projected to effectively improve the quality of financial reporting, and thus, decrease the prospect of corporate in obtaining modified audit opinion. The findings according to the listed companies from 2012 to 2017 in Jordan showed that audit committee (AC) expertise validates this likelihood. Lastly, there is no effect of AC independent, size, and the number of meetings held on the modified audit opinion. General, the findings have policy implications on enhancing corporate governance (CG) efficacy concerning the quality of financial reporting.
Saleh Zaid Alkilani,
Wan Nordin Wan Hussin,
The Influence of Audit Committee Characteristics on Modified Audit Opinion in Jordan, Journal of Finance and Accounting.
Vol. 7, No. 3,
2019, pp. 95-106.
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