Syelia Md Zaini, a researcher from Waikato University, presented an interesting paper on voluntary disclosure in developing Asian nations. Voluntary disclosure has been associated with increased market capitalisation and with the expectations of investors, yet the understanding of how voluntary disclosure works and why it might be important is fairly limited.
Zaini's paper is a work-in-progress, part of her doctoral research. So far, she has analysed prior research to identify why companies have adopted voluntary disclosure practices. These include corporate governance requirements; peer pressure; and, accounting and auditing regulations. All of these drivers are compliance orientations: which suggests that voluntary disclosure may not be that voluntary! Zaini hopes to build on her current work, to answer the important 'so what' question. If she can achieve that, the answers could have quite meaningful implications for businesses motivated by growth. I look forward to reading her findings.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.