Saima, F.N. and Ghosh, R. (2024), "Is the capital market of Bangladesh ready to reap the benefits of voluntary Integrated Reporting disclosures? Insights from the equity investment experts", International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, (Accepted for Publication), SCOPUS (Q2), ABDC (B) Ranked, ABS (2), ESCI Indexed, Impact Factor: 2.70

Researcher Name/Project Director/Author: Ratan Ghosh

Publish Status:  Submitted

Research For:  Bangabandhu Chair

Date:  17-May-2023

Year:  2022


The study investigates the competitive economic advantage of voluntary integrated reporting (IR) disclosures by publicly listed companies in Bangladesh. Thematic analysis of fifteen semi-structured interview transcripts reveals that investors consider both financial and non-financial factors where the emphasis is placed on the economic, business model, and governance factors. Many investors lack IR knowledge, whereas IR-familiar investors do not even regard IR adoption as value-adding due to certain limiting factors. A bit longer time frame and a developed market ecosystem are required to comment on the significance of IR for investment decisions in Bangladesh. Additionally, from an institutional theoretical lens, this study stipulates how an efficient capital market will trigger both the demand and supply of IR information and make voluntary IR adoption value relevant for appraising investment targets. It brings forward an important notion that fixing the capital market environment should be emphasized before attempts to make IR mandatory.

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