The association between CEO characteristics, internal audit quality and risk-management implementation in the public sector

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This study examines the relationships between characteristics of the chief executive officer (CEO) and risk-management implementation in public-sector organisations in Malaysia. Two personality traits of CEOs (1) locus of control, and (2) risk-taking propensity are examined in this study. In addition, this study investigates the role of internal audit quality as a moderator to the relationship between CEO and risk-management implementation. Data were obtained from questionnaires administered to CEOs of federal and state statutory bodies in Malaysia. 55 samples were analysed using hierarchical multiple regression analyses. This study finds only the CEO’s risk-taking propensity to be positively related to risk-management implementation. However, the internal audit quality is found to moderate the relationship between CEO’s locus of control and risk-management implementation. The results suggest that appointing a CEO with the right traits, i.e. risk-taking propensity, and the strengthening the quality of internal audit can help governmental agencies to accelerate risk-management activities within their organisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalRisk Management
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Jul 2017

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Chief executive officer
Audit risk
Internal audit
Quality management
Public sector
Risk management
Audit quality
Propensity
Risk taking
Locus of control
Malaysia
Personality traits
Multiple regression
Public sector organizations
Management activities
Questionnaire
Moderator

Keywords

  • Chief executive officer
  • Internal audit
  • Resource-based view
  • Risk management
  • Upper echelons theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management

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