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Integrated Reporting and Corporate Governance
Boards, Long-Term Value Creation, and the New Accountability

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ISBN 9780367693718
February 14, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
120 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Corporate governance and corporate reporting are closely linked to each other, and their respective evolutionary patterns are mutually influencing. Along with the recent expansion of company disclosure, a growing attention is being paid to corporate governance determinants and mechanisms underpinning the decision to voluntarily adopt non-financial disclosure formats, such as integrated reporting.

At institutional level, several national corporate governance codes have been changed towards the recognition and inclusion of this innovative, non-financial language. In academic research, the influence of corporate governance variables vis-à-vis the choice to embrace such reporting practices has been subject to a long scrutiny. However, only a little inquiry has so far analysed the influence of corporate governance factors on integrated reporting adoption, quality and credibility.

Accordingly, the aim of the book is to investigate if and to what extent corporate board composition and characteristics can affect, at the same time, the decision to voluntarily adopt integrated reporting by companies as well as their financial performance. The study carries out an empirical analysis of the professional features of board members at the time of their decision to implement integrated reporting as a new form of company accountability. The work provides innovative insights into the articulated relationships between the quantitative and qualitative composition of corporate boards and the latter’s choice to uptake this advanced form of reporting to represent the wider value creation processes of their organisations.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 The sense of the book

1.2 Disclosure, voluntary disclosure and corporate governance: some introductory remarks

1.3 The emergence of integrated reporting and integrated thinking

1.4 Integrated reporting and corporate governance

1.5 Organisation of the book

Chapter 2. Corporate governance and integrated reporting: an international perspective

2.1 South Africa: The King Code Experience

2.2 Japan

2.3 India

2.4 Malaysia

2.5 The UK

2.6 Australia

2.7 Italy

2.8 Conclusion

Chapter 3. Corporate Governance and voluntary disclosure: A review of the literature

    1. Corporate governance and voluntary disclosure
    2. Corporate governance and sustainability reporting
    3. Corporate governance and intellectual capital reporting
    4. Corporate governance and integrated reporting
    5. Conclusion

Chapter 4. From theory to practice: board characteristics, financial performance, and the adoption of integrated reporting

4.1 Research Design

4.2 Hypothesis Development

4.3 Sample selection

4.4 Statistical Analysis

4.4.1 Multivariate Regression Analysis’ Results

4.4.2 Multivariate Permutation Test

4.5 Conclusion

Chapter 5

5. 1 Conclusions

5.2 Policy implications, study limitations and future research paths


Appendix 1 List of organisations in the main sample and in the control sample

Appendix 2 Analysis of residuals



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Laura Girella (PhD, Ferrara) is a Researcher in Business Economics and Accounting at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), and a Technical and Research Manager at the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). She is also a member of the Stakeholder Reporting Committee of the European Accounting Association (EAA).