Institutionalising XBRL for financial reporting: resorting to regulation

Indrit Troshani, Lee Parker, Andy Lymer

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By integrating and streamlining financial information within and among various organisations, XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) has been developed with a view to enhancing the efficiency, accuracy, and transparency of corporate accounting information. Taking an inter-organisational focus, this paper investigates the process of how XBRL was institutionalised. It explains and offers insight on how institutional arrangements emerge and become relevant as heterogeneous organisations consider adopting accounting innovations whilst evidence concerning their benefits is unavailable. The original and overall contribution of this study is that it improves current understanding of coal-face actors’ perceptions, behaviours, and strategies as they interact in the organisational field and become engaged in developing accounting innovations to produce the macro-level observations documented in existing institutional theory studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-228
Number of pages33
JournalAccounting and Business Research
Issue number2
Early online date27 Nov 2014
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Nov 2014


  • digital reporting, XBRL, institutional theory, organising vision

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