Investigating stakeholder concerns in accounting for co-operative equity under international accounting standards
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Commerce
This research examines submissions from the co-operative sector in response to the exposure of Draft Interpretation D8: Members' Shares in Co-operative Entities (D8) to analyse their responses to the classification of co-operative member shares under D8. A review of extant literature revealed that the concentration of submissions to similar documents comes from investor-owned firms in developed countries; and that there is a dearth of submissions from developing countries and alternative business models, such as co-operatives. This research sought to compare and establish the similarities and differences of responses across country and regional classifications, and across income and stakeholder groups. The study conducted both qualitative and quantitative research methods of textual analysis by employing grounded theory and content analysis. The results indicate that D8 submissions primarily come from preparers in developed countries located in Europe and Central Asia and in East Asia and the Pacific regions. However, findings also show that regardless of country, regional, or income group classification, the co-operative industry expressed common concerns and issues.