THE EFFECT OF FIRM CHARACTERISTICS ON EARNINGS MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AMONG MALAYSIAN PUBLIC LISTED COMPANIES IN TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY

  • Erlane K Ghani Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Nur Afifah Mohd Azemi Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Evita Puspitasari Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Padjadjaran

Abstract

This study examines the effect of firm characteristics on earnings management practices among technology-based public listed firms in Malaysia. Specifically, this study examines the effect of firm size, firm profitability and firm leverage on earnings management practices. Using 83 technology-based firms listed in FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index for 2014 and 2015, this study shows a statistically positive relationship between firm size and earnings management practices. Such finding indicates larger firms tend to use earnings management incentives to enhance their performance. However, firm profitability and firm leverage have no significant relationship to the occurrences of earnings management practices. This study provides evidence that firm size influences the occurrences of earnings management among Malaysian public listed firms in the technology industry.
Published
Apr 30, 2019
How to Cite
K GHANI, Erlane; MOHD AZEMI, Nur Afifah; PUSPITASARI, Evita. THE EFFECT OF FIRM CHARACTERISTICS ON EARNINGS MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AMONG MALAYSIAN PUBLIC LISTED COMPANIES IN TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY. Management & Accounting Review (MAR), [S.l.], v. 18, n. 1, p. 41-56, apr. 2019. ISSN 2550-1895. Available at: <http://arionline.uitm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/MAR/article/view/686>. Date accessed: 01 dec. 2022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.24191/mar.v18i1.686.