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Does integrated reporting enhance the value relevance of organizational capital? Evidence from the South African context

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Despite the growing literature on Integrated Reporting adoption and the emphasis on integrated thinking capitals. In order to fill this gap, this paper investigates the value relevance of organizational capital (OC) after the mandatory adoption of integrated reporting (IR) in South Africa over the period 2006-2015. The South African context is unique since the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is the first to mandate listed firms to adopt Integrated Reporting following King III report in March 2010. Our findings provide the first evidence, to the best of our knowledge, on the positive and significant impact of integrated reporting adoption on the value relevance of OC. We contribute to IR literature by providing new insight on the value relevance of one capital from a new perspective addressing the importance of resources as inputs to the business model highlighted by integrated thinking in the IR framework. Our findings derive various implications for the International Integrated Reporting Council, managers, decision makers, and the research community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-661
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Issue number5
Early online date13 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2019


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