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Preparers’ and non-preparers’ lobbying on the proposed prohibition of goodwill amortisation in ED3 ‘business combinations’
Högskolan Dalarna, Företagsekonomi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5043-6289
2012 (English)In: Liiketaloudellinen Aikakauskirja, ISSN 0024-3469, E-ISSN 2242-4296, Vol. 63, no 3-4, 30-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper preparers’ and non-preparers’ positions regarding accounting for goodwill are examined through studying submitted comment letters on ED3 ‘Business Combinations’. Preparers have, because of economic consequences, incentives to lobby for the non-amortisation approach and non-preparers for the amortisation approach. As hypothesised, non-preparers are found to support amortisation of goodwill to a greater extent than do preparers. Moreover, the two groups’ supportive arguments, i.e. how they argue for or against the non-amortisation or amortisation approach, are studied. Again, as hypothesised, the results show that the two groups use the same type of ‘sophisticated’ framework based arguments instead of economic consequences arguments. Taken together the examination of the comment letters thus indicates that both preparers and non-preparers point at conceptual strengths and weaknesses, instead of pointing at the real cause of the lobbying activities, i.e. perceived economic consequences, when they try to affect the final outcome of the standard. These findings confirm earlier research which has suggested that self-interested lobbyists use accounting theories and concepts as useful justifications.

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2012. Vol. 63, no 3-4, 30-60 p.
Keyword [en]
Goodwill, Lobbying, Standard setting, Accounting theory, Positive accounting theory
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Business Administration
Research subject
Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis, General Microdata Analysis - others
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22594OAI: diva2:1038759
Available from: 2016-10-19 Created: 2016-10-19 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved

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