The Impact of Capital Proposal Guidelines and Perceived Preparer Biases on Reviewers’ Investment Evaluation Decisions
Mandy M. Cheng
UNSW Australia Business School, School of Accounting
United Arab Emirates University
December 21, 2011
Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2011
Past literature has highlighted the importance of using reviewers in the evaluation of investment proposals. This study examines whether and how the decisions of these reviewers are influenced by a proposal’s conformance with company guidelines and practices, and the incentives facing the proposal preparer. Our experiment shows that, holding the proposal’s content constant, the reviewers’ evaluation decision is less favorable if the proposal does not follow the company guidelines. Further, we find that the preparer’s incentive to persist in a project negatively affects the proposal reviewers’ decisions only when the proposal deviates from company guidelines but not when it is compliant. This result suggests that company guidelines may lower the willingness of reviewers to make independent decisions.
Keywords: capital budgeting proposals, capital investment evaluation decisions, preparer biases, rule compliance
Date posted: January 13, 2012
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