What’s wrong with integrated reporting? A systematic review

  • Josua OllEmail author
  • Sabrina Rommerskirchen
Originalbeitrag / Original article


Integrated reporting, the latest attempt to overcome the shortcomings of financial and sustainability reporting, has fast emerged as a new accounting practice. Recently, however, the integrated reporting movement has lost some of its momentum and is increasingly the subject of heated debate and controversy. In the related academic discourse, numerous scholars have started to question and challenge this new reporting trend from diverse angles. Against this backdrop, the present article reviews the current state of the academic literature to identify the major lines of criticism. Our findings show that the central critique relates to the fundamental concepts and guiding principles of the integrated reporting framework as well as to the International Integrated Reporting Council itself. By carving out the pivotal problem areas of integrated reporting, we identify critical issues that likely need to be addressed before integrated reporting can be expected to stand the test of time. We further identify three priority areas of criticism and discuss the attribution of responsibilities as well as approaches that offer potential solutions within these areas. Practitioners are invited to build upon our findings as potential intervention points for promoting the future acceptance and dissemination of integrated reports.


Integrated reporting International Integrated Reporting Council Literature review Criticism 


Conflict of interest

J. Oll and S. Rommerskirchen declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Economics & Social Sciences, Chair of Capital Markets and ManagementUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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