This paper investigates whether the narrative section of Iranian companies’ annual reports satisfies the information requirements of financial analysts employed by institutional investors. Taking a group of stakeholders (i.e. financial analysts) as the sample, a questionnaire survey was conducted to identify their top three information needs from the narrative sections of company annual reports in each of three information categories: Present, Analytical and Prospective. Following this survey, a checklist was prepared to analyse whether Iranian companies are disclosing this information required by financial analysts. Overall, the results partially support stakeholder theory as there is a general lack of information flow on the part of Iranian listed companies in meeting their stakeholders’ information needs.
Recommended CitationChatterjee, Bikram; Mirshekary, Soheila; Al Farooque, Omar; and Safari, Maryam, Users’ Information Requirements and Narrative Reporting: The Case of Iranian Companies, Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal, 4(2), 2010, 79-96.