Title: Corporate intellectual capital reporting in Bangladesh

Authors: Afzalur Rashid

Addresses: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of corporate discretionary intellectual capital reporting in Bangladesh. From a sample of 136 listed companies with Dhaka Stock Exchange and by using the content analysis with codification of data, it examines the extent of intellectual capital reporting. It is found that company's intellectual capital reporting practises is very limited and there is an increasing trend of such reporting over the years. Most notable disclosure attribute was the human capital reporting. It is noticed that unlike companies in many developed countries, companies in Bangladesh failed to disclose many areas of intellectual capital reporting. Although there is an increasing trend of firms' voluntary disclosure, the disclosure is made irrespective of the IC intensive industries. The findings provide an insight and build knowledge on corporate intellectual capital reporting practises in a less developed country.

Keywords: Bangladesh; content analysis; corporate intellectual capital; human capital; intellectual capital reporting; voluntary disclosure.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2013.052909

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2013 Vol.10 No.2, pp.107 - 121

Published online: 29 Jan 2014 *

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