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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436
Print version ISSN 1015-8812

Abstract

CROUS, Cornelie  and  VAN WYK, Marike C.. Balancing quantitative and qualitative value-creation reporting. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2021, vol.24, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2222-3436.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v24i1.3936.

METHOD: The demand for a balanced disclosure of quantitative and qualitative value creation in an organisation and for its stakeholders has increased in recent years. AIM: Therefore, this study focused on the disclosure of 97 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange over a period of five years (2015-2019). METHOD: A three-phased content anlaysis was followed. RESULTS: The researchers found that value-creation disclosures are mostly concerned with quantitative value creation, and that they focus on value concepts, such as returns to investors, cash flow, increase in employee numbers, and benefits to employees. Some companies have progressed in their integrated reporting practices and now include a reference to value creation by balancing the different forms of capital. However, their reports still do not include concrete statements or definitions about what value creation is considered to be; neither do they disclose qualitative value-creation concepts. CONCLUSION: The authors thus conclude that imbalanced reporting skewed towards quantitative value concepts persists.

Keywords : integrated reporting; value creation; qualitative value creation; quantitative value creation; stakeholders.

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