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Performance reporting by Malaysian local authorities : identifying stakeholder needs

Tooley, Stuart, Hooks, Jillian, & Basnan, Norida (2010) Performance reporting by Malaysian local authorities : identifying stakeholder needs. Financial Accountability and Management, 26(2), pp. 103-133.

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Abstract

The concept of public accountability promotes the need for a comprehensive set of performance-related information to satisfy the information needs of a diverse stakeholder interest group. However, literature concerned with the scope of information to be disclosed, and in particular within the context of a developing country, is limited. This paper identifies the information set which stakeholders of Malaysian local authorities consider relevant in the monitoring and assessment of local authority performance. Stakeholders indicated strong interest in performance information that is not traditionally disclosed in the financial statements: non-financial information particularly performance measurement of outputs, outcomes, efficiency and effectiveness. Disclosures in the Statement of Revenue and Expenditure and forward-looking information are generally regarded as the most important disclosures. The results of the study also indicate differences amongst stakeholders as to the level of importance that they place on certain items especially items related to internal policies and governance and financial position of the local authorities. The findings will be of significance to policy makers interested in improving the performance reporting of Malaysian public sector entities, particularly local authorities.

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ID Code: 18394
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Accountability, Local authorities, Malaysia, Performance reporting
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0408.2009.00478.x
ISSN: 0267-4424
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2009 09:13
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:29

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