This paper investigates problems associated with interpretations of corporate collapse, and argues for a unified legal, rather than financial, definition of the event. In the absence of a formal definition of the event of corporate collapse, the integrity of sample selection becomes questionable; moreover, comparisons between empirical studies becomes less useful, if not altogether futile, due to the lack of a common ground in the basic building block. Upon close examination of 84 studies on ratio-based modeling of corporate collapse, between 1968 and 2004, this paper finds evidence in favor of a legal interpretation of the event of corporate collapse. Specifically, studies that adopted a legal definition are five times as many as those that opted for a financial explanation.
Field of Research
150105 Management Accounting
Socio Economic Objective
970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
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