Authors: Qian Long Kweh; Wen-Min Lu; Noor Azlinna Azizan; Wei Kiong Irene Ting
Addresses: Department of Accounting, College of Business Management and Accounting, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus, 26700 Muadzam Shah, Pahang, Malaysia ' Department of Financial Management, National Defense University, No. 70, Sec. 2, Zhongyang North Rd., Beitou, Taipei 112, Taiwan ' Faculty of Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Lebuhraya Tun Razak, 26300 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia ' Department of Finance and Economics, College of Business Management and Accounting, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus, 26700 Muadzam Shah, Pahang, Malaysia
Abstract: This study investigates the effects of intellectual capital and risk management on the efficiency performance of Malaysian general insurers. We employ data envelopment analysis (DEA) to estimate efficiency performance. We run truncated regression with a bootstrapping approach for 16 unique Malaysian general insurers over the period 2008-2011. We find that intellectual ability and risk management of the sample firms have increased over the period from 2008 to 2011. The truncated regression results show that VAIC and the number of directors on the risk management committee are significantly and positively related to operating efficiency. However, the coefficient on the interaction term between the two variables is significantly negative. As for that related to risk management committee independence, our analysis shows no statistically significant result. This study provides an insight that not only Malaysian Government, but also other countries should strive to promote knowledge-based economy.
Keywords: intellectual capital; risk management; data envelopment analysis; DEA; efficiency performance; Malaysia; general insurance; VAIC; operating efficiency; committee independence; knowledge-based economy; insurance industry.
International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2015 Vol.12 No.2, pp.193 - 209
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