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Reporting strategies: What makes family firms beat around the bush? Family-related antecedents of annual report readability

Carlo Drago (), Gianluca Ginesti, Claudia Pongelli and Salvatore Sciascia

Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2018, vol. 9, issue 2, 142-150

Abstract: We investigate the heterogeneity of reporting strategies across family firms by focusing on the readability of annual reports. Adopting the socioemotional wealth perspective, we introduce three family-related antecedents of annual report readability to accounting and family business literature: family power, the overlap between family and firm name, and generational stage. Our findings, based on the textual analysis of 288 annual reports of Italian listed family firms, reveal that annual report readability increases at higher levels of family power, decreases at later generational stages, and when the firm carries the family name.

Keywords: Family business; Reporting strategies; Annual report readability; Family power; Family name; Generational stage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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