IFRS 16 i Hotellbranschen

  • Sebastian Ennen
  • Milan Bacetic

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    The international accounting standards board´s (IASB) former accounting standard, IAS 17 was replaced by IFRS 16 on the first of January 2019. The main reason for the implementation of IFRS 16 is because IASB wants organizations to include all their leasing contracts on their balance sheets. This means that operational leasing contracts will be treated in the same way as financial leasing contracts. Prior research has shown that IFRS 16 will have a big impact on the hotel industry. However, research has not gone any deeper than that since IFRS 16 is a relatively new accounting standard. Our research seeks to examine the subject on a deeper level, to fill the research gap. The purpose of this paper is to examine and understand how accounting processes and financial reports are affected by IFRS 16 in the hotel industry. The empirical data has been analyzed through institutional theory, more specifically coercive isomorphism and legitimacy theory.


    The research study adopts a qualitative approach and the empirical data was obtained through semi-structured interviews from three different listed hotel companies. Documents from practitioners, IASB and internal documents from the interviewees have also been used in this study.


    The results of this study show that IFRS 16 affects the accounting system, collection of operational leases, costs, key performance indicators, budgeting process and transparency. Our study has also contributed to fill the research gap that was highlighted in the problematization section above. This was done by reaching new insights about IFRS 16 impact on accounting systems and financial reports in the hotel industry.

    Date of Award2019-Sept-05
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorMaria Bengtsson (Supervisor) & Heléne Tjärnemo (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)

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