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The role of ownership structure in integrated reporting policies

Nicola Raimo, Filippo Vitolla, Arcangelo Marrone and Michele Rubino

Business Strategy and the Environment, 2020, vol. 29, issue 6, 2238-2250

Abstract: Integrated reporting (IR) is used to demonstrate a firm's capacity to create value in the short, medium, and long term. It can better represent existing relationships between the company and its stakeholders, with a particular focus on investors. Attention to IR has grown considerably in recent years. However, studies on the determinants of IR quality are still limited. This study aims to bridge this literature gap by being the first study to analyse the role of ownership structure in IR context. To this end, it uses agency theory and is based on a sample of 152 international companies that have adopted IR. The results indicate a positive effect of institutional ownership and a negative effect of ownership concentration, managerial ownership and state ownership on the quality of integrated reports. These results are also consistent with the level of alignment of integrated reports with the framework. To our knowledge, this is the first study that analyses the role of ownership structure in the IR policies.

Date: 2020
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