Does retrenchment strategy mitigate earnings management? Evidence from Public Listed Companies in Malaysia

Ung, Likjing and Brahmana, Rayenda Khresna and Puah, Chin Hong (2014) Does retrenchment strategy mitigate earnings management? Evidence from Public Listed Companies in Malaysia. Munich Personal RePEc Archive. ISSN 2285-6803

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Abstract

During the past three decades, many firms in developing market have embarked retrenchment strategy in order to defend firm going concern from economy turbulence. Yet, this strategy is rarely investigated compared to another strategy like diversi fication. This is not to mention limited research investigating whether companies might manipulate their earnings through the retrenchment costs across ownership expropriation . As Malaysia offers unique background earnings management, corporate strategy and ownership structure, t his study aims to answer intriguing yet interesting question: Do Malaysia’s listed companies consider retrenchment costs when they manipulate earning across its ownership expropriation? Using 237 Malaysia n listed companies over th e period 2008 - 2013 , this study f oun d that retrenchment costs are used to manipulate earnings in companies. In addition, we find that ownership concentration do not significantly affects the earnings management of the firms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Retrenchment, Ownership Expropriation; Earnings Management, Corporate Governance, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: ROSSAZANA AB RAHIM
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 01:25
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 01:25
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/18017

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