Voluntary annual report disclosures by Malaysian multinational corporations / Fathyah Hashim and Norman Mohd Saleh

Hashim, Fathyah (2007) Voluntary annual report disclosures by Malaysian multinational corporations / Fathyah Hashim and Norman Mohd Saleh. Malaysian Accounting Review, 6 (1). pp. 129-156. ISSN 1675-4077

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Annual reports disclosure of multinational corporations (MNCs) is subject to various domestic as well as international users requirements. Voluntary disclosures act as one of the ways that these MNCs can use to overcome the gap between information provided in annual reports and information expectation by these users. This study examines the relationship between the
level of information disclosures and some of the MNCs characteristics. The
level of disclosures is based on the amount of the voluntary disclosure
information gathered from annual reports of listed MNCs on Bursa Malaysia
across six industries. Overall, the results show that level of voluntary
information disclosures is positively related to size of the company and the
type of audit. Meanwhile, the level of multinationality is significantly related
to the level of projected information disclosures. We also found MNCs in
particular industries (e.g. construction industry) seem particularly inclined
to provide certain information (e.g. summary of history results). Additional
tests show that the level of multinationality and the number of countries where
the products were exported jointly determine the level of voluntary disclosure
in MNCs. Thus, these results indicate that the factors explaining voluntary
annual report disclosures differ by the types of voluntary information presented
in annual reports.


Item Type: Article
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Hashim, Fathyah
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Accounting Research Institute (ARI)
Journal or Publication Title: Malaysian Accounting Review
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Management & Accounting Review (MAR)
ISSN: 1675-4077
Volume: 6
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 129-156
Keywords: Voluntary disclosure, multinational corporations (MNCs)
Date: June 2007
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/287
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