Busy audit committee directors and corporate narrative disclosure in Oman

Hidaya Al Lawati, Khaled Hussainey*, Roza Sagitova

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: This study aims to examine whether, and which type of, busy audit committee (AC) directors affect the quality and quantity of forward-looking disclosure (FLD). 

Design/methodology/approach: The authors use content analysis to measure the quality and quantity of FLD. The authors use a sample of Omani financial institutions listed on the Muscat Securities Market for the period 2014–2018. 

Findings: The authors find that overlapped AC chairs and total overlapped AC directors negatively (positively) affect disclosure quantity (quality). The authors also find that overlapped AC directors with financial expertise and those with multiple directorships positively affect disclosure quantity and quality. 

Originality/value: This study offers new insights to policymakers (and managers) as it informs them about the benefits of overlapping AC directorship. It suggests that corporate governance codes should not limit overlapped AC direcotorship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-398
Number of pages25
JournalReview of Accounting and Finance
Issue number3
Early online date24 May 2023
Publication statusEarly online - 24 May 2023


  • Audit committee
  • Busy audit committee directors
  • Content analysis
  • Developing markets
  • Disclosure quality
  • Disclosure quantity
  • Forward-looking disclosure
  • Voluntary disclosure

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