A survey of internet financial reporting in Oman

Ehab K.A. Mohamed, Peter Oyelere, Munther Al-Busaidi

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extent and variety of practices of internet financial reporting (IFR) by companies listed on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) in Oman. While IFR is fast becoming the norm in most western countries, there is little empirical evidence of the phenomenon in the Middle East region. This paper attempts to fill some of the gap in the literature by providing evidence of IFR practices in Oman. Design/methodology/approach – The 142 companies listed on the MSM were investigated to ascertain whether they maintain websites and/or if these sites are being used for communicating financial information. Findings – Only 84 of the listed companies were found to operate websites, with even less (only 31) engaging in IFR. However, IFR is not restricted to the publication of annual financial statements only as the companies also disclose financial highlights through their websites. Practical implications – The results of this study indicate that IFR is still at an embryonic stage in Oman and there are lots of opportunities and challenges for all stakeholder parties in corporate reporting. Originality/value – The study highlights the challenges and opportunities for IFR in the Middle East Region, as well as a number of areas for further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-71
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Markets
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 23 2009

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Keywords

  • Financial reporting
  • Internet
  • Middle East
  • Oman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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