CORPORATE CHARACTERISTICS OF LISTED COMPANIES ENGAGING IN WEB-BASED FINANCIAL REPORTING IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

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Peter B. Oyelere, Nirosh T. Kuruppu

DOI:10.22495/cocv13i4p7

Abstract

We investigate the key corporate characteristics of using the web for voluntary disclosure of financial information in an emerging economy by companies listed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 132 companies listed on two stock exchanges were investigated to ascertain whether they engage in web-based financial reporting (IFR) or not. Eighty-eight of the companies (about 67%) were found to use their websites for IFR. Similar to prior studies in this area, logistic multiple regression was used to isolate the key corporate characteristics of IFR companies (IFRC) from non-IFR companies (N-IFRC). Results indicate firm size and leverage to be the key determinants of voluntary IFR adoption. Surprisingly, other traditional firm characteristics, such as profitability, industry and liquidity do not explain IFR practices. Policy implications of these findings, as well as the limitations of the study, which provide potential areas for future research, are also discussed.

Keywords: Internet Financial Reporting, Voluntary Disclosure, Emerging Economy, UAE, Middle East

How to cite this paper: Oyelere, P. B., & Kuruppu, N. T. (2016). Corporate characteristics of listed companies engaging in web-based financial reporting in emerging economies. Corporate Ownership & Control, 13(4), 66-80. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv13i4p7