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The long-term effect of economic value added adoption on the firm’s business decision

Guermat, Cherif; Misirlioglu, Ismail Ufuk; Al-Omush, Ahmed


Ahmed Al-Omush


© 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: This study aims to examine the long-term effects of adopting economic value added (EVA) as a compensation tool on managers’ behaviour. Design/methodology/approach: The authors extend the sample used in prior studies both in the time and the cross-section dimensions. Findings: The study conclusions are distinct from those offered by existing studies. The authors show that EVA adopters, relative to non-EVA adopters, increase the working capital cycle, use their assets less intensively and decrease their payouts to shareholders via a decrease in dividends and share repurchases. In investing decisions, the authors find a decrease in new investments, but no change in asset dispositions after the adoption of EVA compensation plans. Originality/value: The study results highlight that the EVA adoption provides more incentives to reduce the total cost for capital rather than increasing operations and maximising shareholder wealth. The results also have implication for corporate management, particularly in the area of management compensation scheme design.


Guermat, C., Misirlioglu, I. U., & Al-Omush, A. (2019). The long-term effect of economic value added adoption on the firm’s business decision. Accounting Research Journal, 32(3), 496-513.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 10, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 27, 2019
Publication Date Sep 27, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 19, 2018
Journal Accounting Research Journal
Print ISSN 1030-9616
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Pages 496-513
Keywords economic value added, residual income, business decision
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