The power of words: the impact of power language in corporate financial disclosures

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dc.contributor Chilcutt, Alexa
dc.contributor DeZoort, Todd
dc.contributor.advisor Griffin, Darrin J. Pike, Mackenzie Palmer 2020-03-12T18:06:25Z 2020-03-12T18:06:25Z 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003513
dc.identifier.other Pike_alatus_0004M_14028
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The current research seeks to understand how CEOs use power in their language when disclosing financial information and its ability to predict the financial success of a company. The amount of power one has dictates one’s ability to achieve goals and influence others (Berger, 1985), and those with power are constantly engaging in behaviors and actions that communicate the amount of power they have (Hall, Coats & LeBeau, 2005). Nonverbal communication is used to display power through channels such as hand and body gestures, facial expressions, and language. Using the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) software, an analysis of power language communicated by CEOs through their Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) section of their SEC 10-K filing was conducted and examined in relation to net income. It was found that companies that use more power language in MD&A statements have higher net incomes; companies with female CEOs, while having higher overall net incomes, have no relationship between power language and net income; companies with male CEOs have a significant relationship between power language and net income. Future research should explore the perception of power language in MD&As and its impact on investment decisions.
dc.format.extent 117 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.title The power of words: the impact of power language in corporate financial disclosures
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. College of Communication Communication Studies The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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