The effect of earnings-target incentive compensation on cost stickiness behaviour: Evidence from Indonesian listed manufacturing companies

Tami Zagita, Hilda Rossieta

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Abstract

The phenomenon in contrast to the traditional cost accounting theory, assuming cost efficiency as the primary objective, is called cost stickiness behaviour. Under the cost stickiness phenomenon, the increase of cost during a revenue-increasing trend is more significant than the decrease in cost during a revenue-decreasing trend (Anderson et al., 2003). This study investigates whether listed manufacturing companies in Indonesia practice cost stickiness behaviour. This study also examines specific circumstances stopping managers from adopting such behaviour and exercising a cost-efficient policy instead. This study hypothesises that generally, managers' practice cost stickiness behaviour to enjoy a double benefit. However, when a level of earning is critical near to losses, managers choose to practice traditional efficient-cost behaviour and cease building a business empire through a cost stickiness policy. Using a sample of 123 manufacturing companies listed in the Indonesian Stock Exchange from 2009 to 2015, empirical models representing the hypotheses were formulated and tested using a linear regression statistic technique. The test delivers empirical evidence consistent with the hypotheses provided. The empirical results also agree with findings regarding the effect of agency-driven incentives, including earnings-target incentive compensation on cost stickiness behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
Volume27
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Cost efficient behaviour
  • Cost stickiness behaviour
  • Earnings-target incentive compensation system
  • Empire building motive

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