Intellectual Capital Accounting

Practices in a Developing Country

By Indra Abeysekera

© 2008 – Routledge

214 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book examines and explains the intellectual capital reporting practices, with a human capital focus, of firms located in the developing nation of Sri Lanka. The study ascertains the following: first, to what extent the industry groups, based on the number of shareholders, differ in their ICR practices; and second, to what extent firms in Sri Lanka differ from counterparts in other nations in their intellectual capital reporting practices.

An important aspect of this book is looking at the practices from a critical perspective to providing a more balanced view of 'good' and 'bad' effects of intellectual capital. The book meticulously outlines an extensive literature review, research methods, the theoretical perspective, findings with an engaging discussion, and concluding remarks. Indra Abeysekera's fine research project is an impressive contribution to an emerging area of interest throughout academia and industry.


'Dr Indra Abeysekera has produced an interesting book from his studies into intellectual accounting practices in developing countries. I highly recommend this book as it is ground breaking in that it provides detailed case studies and a theoretical argument about intellectual capital management, measurement and reporting in developing countries. This book recognises the significance of intellectual capital matters and explores in depth organisations’ practices and understandings about its value. An excellent piece of work.' - James Guthrie, Professor of Accounting, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview 2. Literature Review of Intellectual Capital Reporting With a Human Capital Focus 3. Political Economy of Accounting Reporting Theory 4. Forces Shaping Intellectual Capital Reporting in Sri Lanka 5. Research Methods 6. Hypothesis Development and Data Interpretation 7. Results of Hypotheses, Analysis and Discussion 8. Interpretation of Results 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Indra Abeysekera is Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Sydney, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Accounting

This series explores the roles of Accounting and Accounting theory in the modern world. The series examines research in accounting thought, practice, auditing, principles and ethics as well as international standards and regulation setting. Examining private, public and non-profit sectors, Routledge Studies in Accounting, seeks to advance the scholarly debate by providing cutting edge and insightful research

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / General