The adoption of integrated reporting: a developing country perspective

Juma Bananuka (Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Zainabu Tumwebaze (Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Laura Orobia (Department of Accounting and Finance, Mbarara Regional Campus, Makerere University Business School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting

ISSN: 1985-2517

Publication date: 11 March 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to establish why firms in developing countries are slow to adopt integrated reporting (IR) and what needs to be done to ensure such firms embrace the practice of integrated reporting using evidence from Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a narrative cross sectional survey conducted using qualitative data collection techniques specifically the structured interviews. We conducted interviews on senior executive managers of Capital Markets Authority, Professional accountancy bodies, Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) and firms listed on Uganda Securities Exchange. The study also involved an analysis of annual reports of listed firms on USE from 2010 to 2016.

Findings

Results suggest that, firms are slow to adopt integrated reporting because of the scarce resources, culture and leadership, stakeholders demand, the regulatory requirement, the effect of globalization and the mindset, lack of awareness about IR and the nature of business and size. Results further suggest that integrated reporting be made mandatory for all firms, especially those that are publicly interested, such as financial institutions, and those that are listed on the stock exchange.

Originality/value

IR being an emerging phenomenon there are few empirical studies exploring IR practices in a developing economy perspective. To the best of the authors’ knowledge this is the first paper that provides some insights into IR from a Ugandan perspective using the Diffusion of innovation theory.

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Citation

Bananuka, J., Tumwebaze, Z. and Orobia, L. (2019), "The adoption of integrated reporting: a developing country perspective", Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 2-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFRA-09-2017-0089

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