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The temporal nature of legitimation: the case of IFRS8

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© 2016 European Accounting Association.Abstract: Legitimation can operate on an episodic or continual basis [Suchman, M.C. (1995). Managing legitimacy: Strategic and institutional approaches. Academy of Management Review, 20(3), 571–610]. We examine the temporal legitimation of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)’s actions during the adoption and review of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 8 ‘Operating Segments’. We conceptualise the controversy surrounding IFRS8 as an episode when the IASB sought segmental reporting convergence with the US standard, Statement of Financial Accounting Standard 131. Interpreting evidence from 15 (20) semi-structured interviews undertaken in 2009 (2011), before (after) entities reported under IFRS8, reveals its adoption precipitated an episodic legitimacy threat from selected audiences to the actions of the IASB. We discuss the IASB's attempt to influence legitimation for this episode through commitment to a post-implementation review [IFRS Foundation. (2011). Post implementation reviews: Plan for developing the framework for conducting post-implementation reviews. IASB Board meeting February 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011, from] of IFRS8. Interpreting legitimacy concerns across diverse audiences about specific actions of the IASB (the introduction of IFRS8) enables us to draw conclusions about the resilience of the IASB as a standard setting organisation, in itself.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Crawford L, Helliar C, Power D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Accounting in Europe

Year: 2016

Volume: 13

Issue: 1

Pages: 43-64

Online publication date: 17/03/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1744-9480

ISSN (electronic): 1744-9499

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/17449480.2016.1160136


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