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Disclosure of Intellectual Capital in Annual Reports:An Empirical Study of the Indian IT Corporations

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At present, disclosure of IC information across the globe is done by very few leading corporations purely on a “voluntary” basis. Unfortunately, the omission of IC information may adversely influence the quality of decisions made by shareholders, or lead to material misstatements. This study attempts to provide an insight in to the “narrative” style of IC disclosures done by Indian corporations. Initially, a longitudinal study was carried out to analyze how Indian firms—Reliance Industries Limited, Balrampur Chini Mills, and Shree Cement Limited—measure and report their IC reports. In order to survey the recent IC disclosure scenario, we conducted another study of 16 Indian IT corporations in which the “content analysis” was done on their 2007 to 2009 annual reports. The results of this study confirmed that IC disclosure in these IT corporations is almost negligible and its disclosure had not received any preference from the mentors of these corporations. IC reports may initially be used for “internal” management purposes; but an “external” stakeholder-focus of IC report should be the ultimate goal.

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M. Bhasin, "Disclosure of Intellectual Capital in Annual Reports:An Empirical Study of the Indian IT Corporations," Modern Economy, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2011, pp. 455-467. doi: 10.4236/me.2011.24051.

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