Should NPOs follow international standards for financial reporting? A multinational study of views


Financial reporting is an important aspect of not-for-profit organisations' (NPOs') accountability. Globally, numerous and varying regimes exist by which jurisdictions regulate NPO financial reporting. This article explores whether NPOs should be required or expected to follow sector-specific international financial reporting standards. We investigate stakeholder perceptions on the nature and scope of any such developed standards, interpreting our findings through the lens of moral legitimacy. Using an international online survey of stakeholders involved in NPO financial reporting, we analyse 605 responses from 179 countries. Based on our findings, we argue that diverse stakeholder groups, especially those who are involved with NPO financial reporting in developing countries, are likely to grant moral legitimacy to developed NPO international accounting standards if the consequences are to enhance NPO accounting and accountability information, subject to agreement as to whether all or only NPOs of a certain size should comply and whether any such standards should be mandatory.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Accounting
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Not-for-profit accounting; international standards; international surveys; moral legitimacy
Publication ISSN: 0957-8765
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 07:21
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 12:10
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Published Date: 2018-12-15
Published Online Date: 2018-09-24
Accepted Date: 2018-09-14
Authors: Breen, Oonagh B.
Cordery, Carolyn J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9511-7671)
Crawford, Louise
Morgan, Gareth G.



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