1st Edition

Corporate Narrative Reporting Beyond the Numbers

Edited By Mahmoud Marzouk, Khaled Hussainey Copyright 2023
    406 Pages 4 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    406 Pages 4 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    406 Pages 4 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a comprehensive and expert-led insight into the role, types, practises and determinants of corporate narrative reporting (CNR). It provides a detailed overview of the importance of narrative disclosure in understanding the full annual report and, consequently, company performance and future prospects.

    CNR comprises integral information presented in the front half of the annual report, which helps to tell the full story of a business, providing a comprehensive overview and understanding of both its past and future performance. Supported with illustrative tables and figures throughout, this volume contains a plethora of carefully selected chapters, featuring the analytical insight of knowledgeable academics and researchers from all over the world. Using different data collection and analysis methods, it links and advances theory and practice in the disclosure and presentation of non-financial information in annual reports and other disclosure channels.

    The book is logically structured into four parts:

    • Narrative Reporting: The State of the Art
    • Empirical Research on Narrative Reporting
    • Narrative Sustainability Reporting
    • Narrative Reporting in Times of Crisis

    Providing a global insight into CNR in practice, Corporate Narrative Reporting is an invaluable resource for both students and practitioners interested or involved in preparing, reviewing/auditing, analysing and understanding annual reports. It should also be of particular interest to policymakers, regulators and investors.

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    Mahmoud Marzouk and Khaled Hussainey


    Chapter 1: Corporate Narrative Reporting: Nature and Related Costs

    Ahmed Hassanein

    Chapter 2: Searching for Regulation in Corporate Narrative Reporting for Charitable Organisations in the Past: An Historical Exploration in Italy and the UK

    Karen McBride and Eleonora Maserio

    Chapter 3: Forward-Looking Disclosure: Nature, Determinants and Consequences

    Ahmed Hassanein and Heba Abou-El-Sood

    Chapter 4: Risk Reporting Quality: A Review of Current Practices, Trends and Future Directions for Research

    Mahmoud Marzouk, Philip Linsley and Shraddha Verma

    Chapter 5: Corporate Governance and Narrative Disclosure Features: A Literature Review

    Marwa Soliman and Walid Ben-Amar

    Chapter 6: Extended Auditor Reports and Key Audit Matters Disclosure as Complements to Corporate Narrative Reporting

    Khairul Ayuni Mohd Kharuddin, Ilias G. Basioudis and Omar Al-Farooque


    Chapter 7: The Readability of Narrative Disclosures and Earnings Management: Empirical Evidence from the GCC Banking Sector

    Mostafa Hassan, Hany Kamel and Bassam Abu-Abbas

    Chapter 8: The Determinants of Forward-Looking Narrative Reporting in Annual Reports of Emerging Countries: Evidence from India

    Mohamed Nurullah, Nandita Mishra and Faozi A. Almaqtari

    Chapter 9: A Comparison of Integrated Reporting Practices in Japan and the UK

    Taslima Akhter, Mohammad Badrul Haider and Toshihiko Ishihara

    Chapter 10: Disclosure Trends in Intellectual Capital Disclosure: A Focus on the Asian Markets

    Chiara Demartini, Sara Trucco and Valentina Beretta

    Chapter 11: Do Integrated Financial and Extra-Financial Narrative Disclosures in the Management Commentary Affect Firm Valuation? International Evidence

    Muhammad Jahangir Ali, Sudipta Bose and Muhammed Shahin Miah


    Chapter 12: An Exploratory Study on Climate-related Financial Disclosures: International Evidence

    Sudipta Bose and Amir Hossain

    Chapter 13: Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility Disclosure: A Literature Review with a Particular Emphasis on China and Social Media Disclosure

    Jiaxu Du, Mahmoud Marzouk and Fatima Yusuf

    Chapter 14: Accounting for Sustainable Development (ASD) Practices: Theoretical Emergence and Development

    Mohamed Saeudy

    Chapter 15: The Relationships between Corporate Narrative Reporting Practices and Sustainable Business Models

    Mohamed Saeudy


    Chapter 16: Changes in Governance of Corporate Risks: Evidence from British Petroleum’s Response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident through Narrative Reporting

    Nader Elsayed

    Chapter 17: Examining the Directors’ Remuneration Reports: The case of Thomas Cook

    Nader Elsayed

    Chapter 18: Digital Narrative Reporting and Legitimation Tactics in Dieselgate Time(s)

    Cristina Florio, Giulia Leoni and Alice Francesca Sproviero

    Chapter 19: A Content Analysis of Narrative COVID-19 Disclosure in Omani Islamic Banks

    Issal Haj-Salem and Khaled Hussainey



    Mahmoud Marzouk, PhD, is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at the University of Leicester, and a Lecturer in Accounting and Auditing at Menoufia University, Egypt (on leave). He completed his master's (MRes) and PhD degrees at the University of York. Marzouk has an extensive teaching and research experience in Egypt and the UK. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of corporate risk disclosure and narrative reporting. Marzouk is a Certified Management and Business Educator and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He has also acted as a reviewer for several journals, and an external examiner and reviewer for a number of UK universities.

    Khaled Hussainey is a Professor and Research Lead of Accounting and Financial Management at the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth. He has over 25 years of teaching and research experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Hussainey has a growing research reputation in the field of accounting and finance. He has been featured in the list of "World Ranking of Top 2% Researchers" in the 2021 database (published: 19 October 2021) created by experts at Stanford University, USA. He has published about 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written a number of book chapters and edited a textbook on corporate governance in emerging economies.