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Corporate online reporting in 2010: a case study in Jordan

Khaldoon Al‐Htaybat (College of Business Administration and Economics, Al Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma'an, Jordan)

Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting

ISSN: 1985-2517

Article publication date: 5 July 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The objective of this study is to investigate the current status quo of online reporting in 2010. Further, this study seeks to explain corporate online reporting in Jordan by using companies' characteristics as explanatory factors for any variations in disclosure. Finally, the current findings are set in the context of prior studies in order to determine the existence of disclosure transformation.

Design/methodology/approach

Listed Jordanian companies were investigated to explore the current status of corporate online reporting. An un‐weighted index comprising 70 un‐weighted financial and non‐financial items was employed.

Findings

A total of 175 of 272 companies were found with accessible and active websites. The overall average level of corporate online reporting was 70 percent, as measured by the mean of the overall items of the current index. Variations in corporate online reporting were associated with size, performance, foreign ownership and online company familiarity.

Research limitations/implications

This study provides a comprehensive online disclosure index that can be used to inform Jordanian companies about the format and the content of corporate online reporting. It also offers a solid ground for future research on corporate online reporting. Furthermore, the results of this study indicate that corporate online reporting had been moved forward but there is plenty of room to further explore the field.

Originality/value

This paper provides evidence on the current status quo of online reporting in Jordan as one of the emerging economies in 2010 as a year with great expectations and predictions. This paper is the first to examine several companies' characteristics by using multivariate analyses. This paper also examines the online companies' familiarity for the first time as a potential factor affecting corporate online reporting in the literature. Moreover, the trend analysis shows corporate online reporting has steadily risen over the past few years, which is evidence of disclosure transformation theory in Jordan as it is in other emerging economies.

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Citation

Al‐Htaybat, K. (2011), "Corporate online reporting in 2010: a case study in Jordan", Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 5-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/19852511111139778

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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