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Content and context : "fair" values in China

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Balfoort, Ferdinand ; Baskerville, Rachel F. ; Fülbier, Rolf Uwe:
Content and context : "fair" values in China.
In: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. Vol. 30 (2017) Issue 2 . - pp. 352-377.
ISSN 0951-3574
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-08-2014-1807

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Purpose: The evolution of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) was nurtured by economists and accountants loyal to the philosophical basis of what is often referred to as “Western” market economies, being classical and neoclassical contracting theories. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how a particular Asian cultural attribute (guānxì ) impacts on the efficacy of fair value measurement.

Design/methodology/approach: Using a literature review and research of studies of the adoption of IFRS in China, studies of both guānxì and fair value in Chinese accounting research, this study unbundles Williamson’s governance structure and contracting theory to examine how guānxì is positioned orthogonally to fair value (market-oriented valuation) principles for financial reporting. This is followed by a case study of the events surrounding the collapse of China Medical Technologies.

Findings: Guānxì is integral to Asian economies and economic transactions. Resulting conditions, characterised by relational contracting, may not meet the qualitative characteristics of neutrality and faithful representation in fair value measurement of assets and liabilities. The same may be true when insider or “trusted party transaction” values prevail for large ticket transactions among entities in any jurisdiction.

Research limitations/implications: Future research on the impact of guānxì may be constrained by its often hidden, and yet dynamic, character; and the varieties of its manifestations.

Originality/value: This study highlights how difficult it may be to achieve both comparability and relevance in the asset and liability recognition and measurement rules in Asian (and possibly also other) economies adopting accounting principles that are developed in a Western context.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Guanxi; Culture; Standard Setting
Subject classification: Journal of Economic Literature: M41 (N25)
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration X
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration X > Chair Business Administration X - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rolf Uwe Fülbier
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Governance and Responsibility
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 08:28
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 08:28
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/36423

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