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Factors influencing voluntary disclosure: empirical evidence from Shariah approved companies

Abdulrahman Anam , Ousama and Abdul Hamid, Fatima (2010) Factors influencing voluntary disclosure: empirical evidence from Shariah approved companies. Malaysian Accounting Review, 9 (1). pp. 85-103. ISSN 1675-4077

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The objective of the current study is to examine the relationship between the extent of voluntary disclosure (i.e. overall, conventional and Islamic disclosure items) and firm-specific characteristics (i.e. size, ownership structure, audit firm and industry) of Shariah Approved Companies (ShAC). The study used a disclosure index, consisting of 59 items, to measure the extent of voluntary disclosure. The data were collected from the 2003 annual reports of the top 50 ShAC. The main statistical tests conducted were: descriptive statistics, correlation and regression. Generally, the results show that firm size is statistically associated with the extent of voluntary disclosure in all three categories. Whereas, the ownership structure is significant with overall and conventional voluntary disclosure, but the type of audit firm is significant with the overall and Islamic voluntary disclosure. Moreover, regression results indicate that non-manufacturing ShAC seem to voluntarily disclose more Islamic items than manufacturing companies.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2424/12248
Uncontrolled Keywords: Voluntary disclosure, Shariah approved companies, firm-specific characteristics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5601 Accounting. Bookkeeping
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Dr Fatima Hamid
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 11:00
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2011 21:16
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/12248

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