Corporate Governance and Risk Reporting in South AfricaA study of corporate risk disclosures in the pre and post 2007-2008 global financial crisis period

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Type Conference Proceeding (Non-Journal item)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Accounting Association Conference Paris 2013
PublisherUniversity of Southampton
Publication statusPublished - 06 May 2013
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The 2007/2008 global financial crisis has reignited the debate regarding the need for effective corporate governance (CG) through sound risk management and reporting practices. This paper, therefore, examines the crucial policy question of whether the quality of firm-level CG has any effect on the quality and extent of corporate risk disclosures (CRD) in South Africa (SA) with particular focus on the pre- and post-2007/2008 global financial crisis period. Using one of the most extensive dataset to-date on CG and CRD from 2002 to 2011 and distinctively drawing on a multiple theoretical perspective, we find that CRD are largely ‘non-financial’, ‘historical’, ‘good news’ and ‘qualitative’ in nature over the ten-year period investigated. We also find that block ownership and institutional ownership are negatively associated with the extent of CRD, whilst board diversity, board size and independent non-executive directors are positively related to the extent of CRD. By contrast, dual board leadership structure has no significant connection with the extent of CRD. Our results are robust across a raft of econometric models that adequately address different types of endogeneity problems, as well as alternative CG and CRD proxies. Our findings are largely consistent with agency, legitimacy, institutional, resources dependence and stakeholder theoretical predictions.


  • corporate governance, resk management and reporting, multiple theoretical perspectives, 2007/2008 global financial crisis, king reports and South Africa