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ERIC Number: ED530788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-19
Pages: 68
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Recent Developments in Intellectual Capital Reporting and their Policy Implications. OECD Education Working Papers, No. 17
Frederick, W. Richard
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
This paper provides a survey of recent developments in the reporting of intangible assets. It finds that rather than the wholesale restructuring of the accounting model that was proposed years ago, the trend has been to address gaps in reporting with new forms of reporting. New forms of reporting appear better suited to capture the type of information that users of intangibles data seek. Financial reporting standards continue to change both at the national and the international level with the result that they are better able to capture some types of intangibles data. Even so, some areas such as human capital remain difficult to reflect in traditional financial statements. Users interested in human capital information are much better served by reports that are tailored to their needs, and by reporting techniques that take into account the specificities of human capital. On the policy front, companies are receiving considerable encouragement to provide more information on the intangible drivers of corporate performance than ever before. In Europe, part of the impetus has been the Accounts Modernisation Directive, which requires an "enhanced director's report" that can include a discussion of human capital to the extent that directors feel that it is important for a full understanding of the business and its performance. (Contains 7 tables, 17 boxes, 4 graphics and 104 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development