International practices, beliefs and values in not-for-profit financial reporting

Carolyn J. Cordery, Louise Crawford, Oonagh B. Breen, Gareth G. Morgan

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Financial reporting is an important aspect of not-for-profit organisations’ (NPOs’) discharge of accountability, particularly for donations and funding. Nevertheless, NPO financial reporting lacks a global approach. Drawing on a multi-national survey attracting more than 600 respondents, this paper utilises a pattern-matching methodology to capturing institutional logics. We uncover tension between NPO financial reporting practice (underpinned by symbolic and material carriers of a local financial reporting logic), and a majority belief that NPO international financial reporting standards should be developed and followed. Conflict between local practice and stakeholder beliefs is evident. Significant belief differences across key stakeholder groups will likely impact NPO financial reporting development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-41
JournalAccounting Forum
Early online date24 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2019

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  • Charities
  • Financial Reporting
  • Logics
  • Not-for-Profit
  • NPO


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