Intellectual capital disclosure in the context of corporate governance
by Kin Gan; Zakiah Saleh; Masoud Abessi; Ching Choo Huang
International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital (IJLIC), Vol. 10, No. 1, 2013

Abstract: The study uses content analysis to explore the relationship between board features, audit committee and ownership structures on intellectual capital (IC) disclosure whilst controlling for firm specific characteristics such as firm-size, profitability, leverage and type of auditor. This study also attempts to provide empirical evidence on the influence of corporate governance on voluntary IC information in a developing nation drawing from both the agency and institutional theories. It was found that ownership structure (family-controlled, government-owned and diffused ownership) and audit committee (size of audit committee and financial experts of audit committee members) are able to explain the behavioural practices of the voluntary disclosure of IC. Audit committee and ownership structure were found to influence IC disclosures, suggesting IC disclosures among Malaysian companies can be enhanced by incorporating such information in the corporate governance report. This paper also suggests that guidelines on IC disclosure can perhaps be initiated as a complement to the existing corporate governance report.

Online publication date: Tue, 12-Feb-2013

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