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Construction of intellectual capital: the case of purchase analysis
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (The Capital Markets' Use of Intellectual Capital (MUSIC))
Department of Management, School of Economics, University of the Marche, Ancona, Italy. (The Capital Markets' Use of Intellectual Capital (MUSIC))
School of Business, Stockholm University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, ISSN 1401-338X, Vol. 13, no 1, 61-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is seek to analyze how models emanating from the managerial discourse of intellectual capital (IC) relate to how firms disclose IC in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards Business Combinations (IFRS3) in financial statements.

Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative and quantitative analysis of the purchase analyses disclosed by Swedish listed companies in their financial statements during the first year of application of IFRS3 is conducted.

Findings – Five main findings result from this investigation. First, the relevance of IC in business combination is confirmed. Second, only a few intangibles are specifically identified and most of them are included within goodwill. Third, a large variety of labels are used when disclosing intangibles. Fourth, synergies represent the most frequent explanation of the goodwill generated by the business combination. Finally, the models examined for guiding firms' reporting on intangibles in the annual report need to be further developed.

Originality/value – The research is an investigation of the first year of application of a new accounting principle which underlies the analysis of intangibles and which represent an opportunity to concretely apply the otherwise mainly theoretical studies carried out by the IC community.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald , 2009. Vol. 13, no 1, 61-76 p.
Keyword [en]
Intellectual capital, Financial reporting, Disclosure, Goodwill accounting
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-106832DOI: 10.1108/14013380910948090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-106832DiVA: diva2:226808
Available from: 2009-07-06 Created: 2009-07-06 Last updated: 2009-07-15Bibliographically approved

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