Intellectual Capital Disclosures: The effect of mandatory Integrated Reporting
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Purpose – The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how mandatory obligation to follow the International <IR> Framework while producing the corporate reports influence the intellectual capital disclosures in the reports.
Research design – The study uses a disclosure scoreboard to score a selected sample of annual reports depending on whether it disclose intellectual capital information or not. The sample consists of companies listed in South Africa were it is mandatory to follow the integrated reporting framework and companies listen in Sweden where it is not mandatory to produce an integrated report.
Empirical results and conclusion – The results of this thesis indicates that the mandatory use of the International <IR> Framework have an impact on the amount of intellectual capital disclosures. Further it concludes that higher level of compliance with the framework further increases the intellectual capital disclosure.
Contribution – This study has been an early step towards concluding whether the use of integrated reporting has any effect on the amount of intellectual capital information disclosed in companies’ annual report.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 52 p.
Intellectual capital, Integrated reporting
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30103ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20160185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-30103DiVA: diva2:932173
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration