Busy CEOs and financial reporting quality: evidence from Indonesia

Iman Harymawan, Mohammad Nasih, Nadia Klarita Rahayu, Khairul Anuar Kamarudin, Wan Adibah Wan Ismail

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Purpose: This study aims to examine the relationship between CEO busyness and financial reporting quality in a country which implements a two-tier board system. Design/methodology/approach: This study includes firms listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange during the 2010–2018 period. This study employs an ordinary least squares regression, the propensity score matching procedure, and a Heckman two-stage regression in testing the hypothesis. Findings: This study finds that firms with busy directors have a higher financial reporting quality, and these results are robust to a battery or sensitivity analysis. The additional analyses also find that a busy CEO is negatively associated with the firm's financial reporting quality with decreasing income. Practical implications: This paper provides implications for policy-makers in the emerging market on devising policies on CEOs' appointments, especially when involving multiple directorships. Despite the general belief on the detrimental workload effects of busy directors, this study offers evidence supporting the opposite effect. Originality/value: As many previous studies focused on the effect of director busyness on firm’s performance, this study focusses on the effect of CEO busyness on financial reporting quality. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate this issue in an emerging market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-337
Number of pages24
JournalAsian Review of Accounting
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2022


  • Busy CEO
  • Financial reporting quality
  • Governance
  • Multiple directorships


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