Date of Award

Summer 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)



First Advisor

Tom Roberts


Accelerating cross-border investing activity transformed global financial markets during the latter part of the 20th century. Due to lack of trans-cultural consistency comparability in financial reporting was compromised hindering multinational investment. In light thereof there is a movement afoot among international authorities to converge national financial reporting standards into a single international financial reporting system. In September 2010 Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board agreed on a concept of information quality to guide formulation of internationally acceptable financial reporting standards. The Boards' goal is sustenance of local relevance while achieving transnational comparability. Toward that end, instead of trade-offs among qualities of information assumed by previous concepts, the new concept posits faithful representation working in concert with relevance in a sequential approach to information quality. Variously referred to as Framework 2010 the purpose of this dissertation was to determine its validity.

The concept was tested using Partial Least Squares methodology over a survey of US accountants. Fundamental qualities of relevance and faithful representation were found to be significant predictors of decision usefulness as were enhancing qualities of verifiability and comparability. Faithful representation was found to be a significant, partial mediator of relationship between relevance (predictor) and decision usefulness (outcome). Final model predicted 43.1% of variance in decision usefulness.

Included in

Accounting Commons