The impact of audit committee effectiveness on firms’ outcomes in China: a systematic review

Komal, Bushra, Bilal, Ye, Chengang and Salem, Rami Ibrahim a orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1241-1099 (2022) The impact of audit committee effectiveness on firms’ outcomes in China: a systematic review. International Journal of Accounting & Information Management . ISSN 1834-7649

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This paper aims to discuss the academic literature on the impact of audit committee effectiveness on different outcomes (accounting, auditing, governance and economics) in China.

The authors have conducted a systematic review using the PRISMA guidelines.

The key finding is that the regulatory organisations in China, such as the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), need to play the active role that is expected of them to enhance the transparency and independence of an audit committee. Also, Chinese listed companies are facing institutional barriers (CEO power, concentrated ownership and government influence) to effectively implement the imported concept within China. Research relating to the audit committee's effectiveness has focused mainly on agency and resource dependence perspectives.

Research limitations/implications
China’s regulatory bodies (CSRC and SASAC) should make necessary reforms to enhance the audit committee’s effectiveness. This study also provides implications for the other settings that have imported the audit committee concept from the Anglo-American countries.

This study contributes to the literature by synthesising the prior mixed findings on audit committee literature in China and providing suggestions to the regulators and future research.

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