International Journal of

Business & Management Studies

ISSN 2694-1430 (Print), ISSN 2694-1449 (Online)
DOI: 10.56734/ijbms
Strategic Compensation and Firm Performance: The Mediating Role of Earnings Management in Taiwan


This study bridges a notable gap in the earnings management literature by incorporating R&D expenses into a novel research model. It categorizes earnings management into two types: predictive and opportunistic. This research explores the intricate relationship among earnings management, compensation structures, and firm performance—a triad of persistent concern to regulators, practitioners, and academics alike. Our findings reveal that in Taiwan, an emerging market, corporate governance mechanisms like compensation policies significantly influence executive behavior and overall firm performance. Specifically, we demonstrate that enhancing executive compensation can improve firm outcomes by encouraging executives to engage in predictive earnings management.