The Impact of Board and Audit Characteristics on the Financial Performance of UAE Listed Firms

Abdulfattah Mohamed G Khalifa H, Riccardo Natoli, Segu Zuhair

Abstract


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide empirical insights on the impact of board and audit committee characteristics on the financial performance of United Arab Emirates (UAE) listed firms.

Design/methodology/approach A multiple regression panel model was employed for the period 2006 to 2015. The analysis incorporates Anderson Lagrange Multiplier test and Hausman test to determine if a fixed effects or random effects model should be employed.

Findings Our results demonstrated that board size and board meetings had a significant positive relationship with financial performance while there were also significant positive relationships between both audit committee composition and audit committee members’ education and firm financial performance.

Research limitations/implications The findings inform UAE firms about the benefits of employing directors with a more diverse skill set to enhance board effectiveness as well as having audit committee members hold a recognised qualification in finance or accounting to improve firm financial performance.

Originality/value Our study contributes to the CG literature by adding to the limited studies on CG in the UAE which help reduce the significant gap between foundation theories and practical applicability.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijafr.v10i2.16481

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