Why do firms voluntarily disclosure information? Use a variety of accounting theories to answer this question.
The word limit is 1,500 words maximum. The essay should include a list of references containing all the materials (books and academic articles, NOT WEBSITES) you have consulted and quoted from. References in the references section should be mentioned in the text and vice versa.
Assignment of marks
You need to demonstrate the application of a range of accounting theories to answer the essay question. You are expected to read around the subject and will be rewarded, if you refer to journal articles or other authoritative sources of information to support your arguments. References in the references section should be mentioned in the text and vice versa.
Suggested background reading:
A good starting point is the lists of references at the end of the relevant chapters in the two main textbooks. You may also want to read the following journal articles, but please bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive.
Clarke Williams, C. (2008). ‘Towards a taxonomy of corporate reporting strategies’. Journal of Business Communication, 45: 232-264.
Deegan, C. (2002). ‘The legitimising effect of social and environmental disclosures: a theoretical foundation’. Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, 15 (3): 282-312. (This particular journal issue is devoted to social and environmental reporting. You might want to read some of the other journal articles as well).
Healy, P. M. and Palepu, K. G. (2001). ‘Information Asymmetry, corporate disclosure, and the capital markets: A review of the empirical disclosure literature’. Journal of Accounting and Economics, 31: 405-440.
Milne, M. (2002). ‘Positive Accounting theory, political costs, and social disclosure analyses: A critical look’. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 13: 369-395.
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