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Humanities and Social Sciences Letters

March 2020, Volume 8, 1, pp 123-132

Accountability through Integrated Reporting: The Awareness and Challenges in Malaysia

Nor Farizal Mohammed

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Che Fatimah Che Kassim

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Nor Aqilah Sutainim

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Mira Susanti Amirrudin

Nor Farizal Mohammed 1

Che Fatimah Che Kassim 2

Nor Aqilah Sutainim 3 Mira Susanti Amirrudin 3 

  1. Accounting Research Institute and Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia. 1

  2. Department of Strategy & Quality Assurance, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia. 2

  3. Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia. 3

Pages: 123-132

DOI: 10.18488/journal.73.2020.81.123.132

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Article History:

Received: 06 December, 2019
Revised: 27 January, 2020
Accepted: 02 March, 2020
Published: 10 March, 2020


Abstract:

Integrated reporting is a form of innovative reporting that has marked another milestone in the financial reporting environment. Integrated reporting promotes integrated thinking and decision making by focusing on the true value drivers of business. As Malaysia is striving to be a global capital market, it is vital for the country to keep in pace with the international development in enhancing transparency and accountability, by moving towards integrated reporting. While the status of integrated reporting is voluntary, integrated reporting in Malaysia is fairly new. Therefore, there is a need to raise the awareness on integrated reporting in the country. The objectives of this paper are twofold: the first objective is to critically analyze the literature of integrated reporting in clarifying the role and form of integrated reporting; and the second objective is to survey on the awareness of Malaysian accountants about integrated reporting. The review of literature clarifies and provides a better platform to understand the concept of integrated reporting. The concept of integrated reporting is not merely a combination of financial reporting and sustainability reporting, instead it is a concise reporting that tells a story of how an organization creates value. The results of the survey revealed that generally, Malaysian accountants are not clear about the concept of integrated reporting. This study contributes by giving insights to the regulators on the state of readiness and awareness of Malaysian accountants regarding the implementation of integrated reporting.
Contribution/ Originality
The objectives of this paper are twofold: the first objective is to critically analyze the literature of integrated reporting in clarifying the role and form of integrated reporting; and the second objective is to survey on the awareness of Malaysian accountants about integrated reporting.

Keywords:

Integrated reporting, Awareness, Accountability, Transparency, Value, Malaysia.

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Funding:

Authors acknowledge financial assistance from the Accounting Research Institute, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Acknowledgement:

All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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