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Integrated Reporting

Useful for investors?

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Stefan Hannen

The introduction of Integrated Reporting (IR) is supposed to tackle shortcomings of corporate reporting that have been criticized for decades. The new reporting format intends to improve the understandability of corporate reports and broaden their often merely financial and backward-looking perspective. This study investigates the usefulness of IR for investors. A conceptual analysis provides an in-depth examination of the IIRC’s International Framework, the basis to prepare integrated reports. An empirical analysis examines the presence of IR in existing reports from South Africa and the USA, before testing potential consequences for the capital market. The findings have implications not only for investors, but also for the reporting firms, regulators and academics.

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List of cited annual (integrated) reports

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AECI Limited (AECI) (2007): Annual report 2006 – Specialty products and service solutions, Woodmead, Sandton, South Africa 2007.

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Baker Hughes Incorporated (2013): Well Connected – 2012 Annual Report, Houston, TX 2013.

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