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A story about IAS/IFRS implementation in Romania

Nadia Albu (Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Cătălin Nicolae Albu (Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Ştefan Bunea (Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Daniela Artemisa Calu (Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Maria Mădălina Girbina (Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2042-1168

Article publication date: 22 February 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate in‐depth, and explain the issues related to, the implementation of IAS/IFRS in an emergent country that recently adhered to the European Union, i.e. Romania.

Design/methodology/approach

An institutional and structuration theory perspective is used to discuss two stages of IAS/IFRS implementation in Romania. Both primary (11 in‐depth semi‐structured interviews conducted with key actors involved in financial reporting) and secondary data (accounting regulations after the fall of communism, with respect to the implementation of IAS/IFRS) were collected for the purpose of the paper.

Findings

It was found that the two stages of IAS/IFRS implementation had different outcomes, with a more profound and qualitative impact of the second phase. The first step was a result of coercive external forces, that is, the influence of the World Bank. Given the lack of other factors to favor the change process, it is argued that the actual implementation of IAS in that period was very limited. Even though the second step meant a reduction in scope to only listed companies in consolidated accounts and financial institutions, it is argued that it was accompanied by a change process more significant than in the previous period.

Originality/value

The paper investigates the inter‐play between institutions, routines and politics in the Romanian context and highlights the complexity of accounting change in an emerging country.

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Citation

Albu, N., Nicolae Albu, C., Bunea, Ş., Artemisa Calu, D. and Mădălina Girbina, M. (2011), "A story about IAS/IFRS implementation in Romania", Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 76-100. https://doi.org/10.1108/20421161111107868

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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