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Adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards by Greek non-listed companies: the role of coercive and hegemonic pressures

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  • Elisavet Mantzari
  • Christos Sigalas
  • Tony Hines
In this paper we examine the motivations for preparers in Greek non-listed to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Previous literature has focused on listed companies and assessed the effect of IFRS on market efficiency to justify its adoption. Using data from a cross-sectional survey and from interviews with senior managers, our analysis indicates that the motivations to adopt IFRS in Greece are not primarily related to the technical competence of the standards. We draw insights from literature on institutional theory and Gramsci’s work on hegemony (Gramsci, 1971), and show that the decision to comply with IFRS can also be motivated by coercive and hegemonic pressures, which are exerted by powerful institutional constituents as they interact with organisational interests at the international and national level. The adoption of IFRS is driven predominantly by the pressures exerted by parent companies on their subsidiaries and by the legal requirements of the state, but also through borrowing and debt-contracting requirements as enforced by civil society actors, such as financial institutions. This mobilisation of power plays a pivotal role in supporting the establishment of IFRS among non-listed companies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting Forum
Early online date25 May 2017
Publication statusEarly online - 25 May 2017


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