“The main motivation for corporate [social and environmental] reporting … is to enhance corporate image and credibility with stakeholders” (Adams, 2002: 244-245). Do you agree? Use a variety of accounting theories to respond to Adams’ (2002) statement.
The word limit is 1,500 words (+/- 10%). The essay should include (1) a cover sheet with the essay title, your student number, and the word count and (2) a list of references containing all the materials you have consulted and quoted from (books and academic articles, NOT websites) at the end of the document. References in the references section should be mentioned in the text and vice versa.
As I will be marking electronically, please use the following formatting:
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This assignment counts 20% towards your final mark. Please submit an electronic copy only via Turnitin on Blackboard by Friday, 11th December 2015 at midnight.
You need to demonstrate the application of a range of accounting theories to answer the essay question. You are expected to read around the subject and will be rewarded, if you refer to journal articles or other authoritative sources of information to support your arguments. References in the references section should be mentioned in the text and vice versa. Please use the Harvard referencing style. A detailed guide is provided at:
Suggested background reading:
A good starting point are the lists of references at the end of the relevant chapters in the two main textbooks. You may also want to read the following journal articles, but please bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive. Most of them are available electronically through the library. The others are available on Blackboard.
Adams, C. (2002), “Internal organisational factors influencing corporate social and ethical reporting beyond theorising”, Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 223-250.
Bebbington, J., Larringa-Gonzalez, C., and Moneva, J. (2008), “Corporate social responsibility reporting and reputation risk management”. Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 337-361.
Brennan, N. M. and Merkl-Davies, D. M. (2013), “Accounting Narratives and Impression management”, In: Jackson, L., Davison, J., and Craig, R. (eds.), Routledge Companion to Communication in Accounting. Routledge, pp. 109-132. (on Blackboard)
Cho, C.H., Laine, M., Roberts, R.W. and Rogdrigue, M. (2015), “Organized hypocrisy, organizational façades, and sustainability reporting”, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 20, pp. 78-94.
Deegan, C. and Rankin, M. (1996), “An analysis of environmental disclosures by firms prosecuted successfully by the Environmental Protection Authority”, Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 50-67.
Hooghiemstra, R. (2000), “Corporate communication and impression management – New perspectives why companies engage in corporate social reporting”, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 27 No. 1-2, pp. 55-68.
Mahoney, L.S., Thorne, L., Cecil, L., and LaGore, W. (2013), “A research note on standalone corporate social responsibility reports: Signaling or greenwashing?”, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 24 No. 4-5, pp. 350-359.
Moir, L. (2001), “What do we mean by corporate social responsibility?”, Corporate Governance, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 16-22. (on Blackboard)
Thorne, L., Mahoney, L.S. and Manetti, G. (2014), “Motivations for issuing standalone CSR reports: a survey of Canadian firms”, Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 686-714.
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