Corporate Governance Reforms: Redefined Expectations of Audit Committee Responsibilities and Effectiveness

30 Pages Posted: 27 May 2005

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Sandra C. Vera-Munoz

University of Notre Dame - Department of Accountancy

Abstract

Comprehensive regulatory changes brought on by recent corporate governance reforms have broadly redefined and re-emphasized the roles and responsibilities of all the participants in a public company's financial reporting process. Most notably, these reforms have intensified scrutiny of corporate audit committees, whose role as protectors of investors' interests now attracts substantially higher visibility and expectations. As a result, audit committees face the formidable challenge of effectively overseeing the company's financial reporting process in a dramatically changed - and highly charged - corporate governance environment. This paper discusses the new expectations of audit committee responsibilities and effectiveness in the wake of corporate governance reforms, key challenges, whistleblower provisions and shortcomings, and provides some directions for future research.

Keywords: Audit committee effectiveness, Blue Ribbon Committee, corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, whistleblower provisions

JEL Classification: M14, M41, M49, G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Vera-Munoz, Sandra C., Corporate Governance Reforms: Redefined Expectations of Audit Committee Responsibilities and Effectiveness. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 62, No. 2, pp. 115-127, December 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=729065

Sandra C. Vera-Munoz (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Department of Accountancy ( email )

248 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States
574-631-9041 (Phone)
574-631-5255 (Fax)

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