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Dobrowolne ujawnienia informacji finansowej
Voluntary Disclosure of Financial Information

Author(s): Ewa Śnieżek, Michał Wiatr
Subject(s): Economy, Business Economy / Management, Public Finances
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: voluntary disclosures; business reporting; cash flow statement; balance sheet; profit and loss account; accounting theories
Summary/Abstract: The study attempts to present solutions for improving voluntary disclosures of financial information in business entities’ reports. It therefore shows their significance in the 21st-century business report, and thus indicates the need to shape a new reporting model as the basic carrier of information about a company. The study covers a multifaceted presentation of the issues of improving contemporary financial reporting through solutions for additional, voluntary disclosures of information considered in the context of modern trends in business reporting of a financial situation, achievements, as well as business development opportunities of a company. The first chapter discusses the issue of voluntary disclosures in business reports in the light of criticism of modern financial reporting. Theoretical aspects of voluntary disclosures and related communication gaps as well as determinants of their development have been presented here. This chapter also introduces research on voluntary disclosures of both financial and non-financial information. It also presents results of an empirical study on shaping and visualizing financial and non-financial information. The study is a review of users’ needs to improve annual reports here. The second chapter discusses balance sheet theories as the foundation for creating modern models of financial reporting, focusing not only on the assumptions of a balance sheet theory by an entrepreneur Wilhelm Osbahr, but also on C. Sganzini’s and E. Schmalenbach’s works, as well as on the theories by E. Walb and E. Kosiol. This chapter also presents the concept of repetitive operational cash flows as part of a business report. The third chapter introduces solutions for extra voluntary disclosures of a balance sheet, a profit and loss account, as well as a cash flow statement, while the last chapter presents the results of the survey of respondents’ opinions on solutions for additional voluntary disclosures in enterprises’ annual reports. The chapter ends with recommendations regarding the future of extra voluntary disclosures and their role as an element of multifaceted communication in the context of challenges for the modern enterprise accounting system.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-8142-995-5
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-8142-994-8
  • Page Count: 230
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Polish