Tracking Objects – A Paradigm Shift in Business Reporting


Traditional forms of financial reporting are in the process of change in order to make the related business reporting more meaningful to an ever-increasing readership. For example, concerned stakeholders can include employees, the general public and interest-specific pressure groups. In recent times, expectation of corporate social responsibility has influenced the content of business reporting, whereby non-financial aspects are added to the usual financial components. Integrated reporting is the outcome.

Despite obvious improvements in the usefulness of business reporting, more thoughtful consideration must be given to particular issues that remain embedded in current report-drafting practices. It is for this reason that an objects-based approach is recommended, whereby items (such as assets) are tracked and valued appropriately. This is also to do with organising the information and making it comparable in relation to the supply chain and associated valuation processes.

This proposal also requires clarity as to the definition of objects and in relation to the boundaries of reporting entities that can lay claim to the ownership of objects.


The first section offers a number of topics for consideration in relation to the proposed need for better business reporting. These include changes in technology and in thinking about what is necessary for business reporting. Developments in new reporting ...

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