The Impact of the Adoption of Enterprise Risk Management on the Industrial Financial Performance

Evidence from Sri Lanka

  • Kingsley Karunaratne Alawattegama
Keywords: Chief Risk Officer, COSO, Enterprise Risk Management, Firm Performance, Integrated Risk Management, Strategic Risk Management


Enterprise risk management (ERM) has gained an increased attention during the recent past as an integrated approach to manage risk for creating and preserving firm value. The objective of this study is to explore and empirically verify as to whether the adoption of the ERM has an impact on the firm performance. This study uses both primary and secondary data pertaining to 129 companies listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange under the banking & finance, insurance, diversified, manufacturing, food and beverage and chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Primary and secondary data are collected by distributing a survey questionnaire and analyzing the published financial statements of the observing companies. Researcher adopts ERM integrated framework suggested by the committee of sponsoring organization (COSO) of the Treadway Commission of the USA to assess the value relevance of ERM and uses return on equity (ROE) as a proxy to measure the firm performance. This study finds, except for control activities, none of the key ERM functions, suggested by the COSO’s ERM integrated framework, has a significant impact on the performance of listed companies. Internal environment, objective setting, and information & communication indicated a weak positive impact on the firm performance. Nevertheless, none of those impacts were statistically significant. Empirical evidence reveals that firms’ risk responding strategies have no impact on the performance. Surprisingly, monitoring of ERM functions has weak negative, but not significant, impact on the firm performance. These findings are contradictory with the theoretical expectation that the adoption of ERM practices has a positive impact on firm performance as confirmed by the prior researchers.


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How to Cite
Alawattegama, K. (2017). The Impact of the Adoption of Enterprise Risk Management on the Industrial Financial Performance. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 6(6), 9-20.