An auditor can play a dual role as a reviewer and as an advisor. The primary auditor role is often seen as an external reviewer of their clients' businesses and providing a definitive assessment of the company. In addition, there is a second role when the auditor is engaged in the client´s business and provides additional services in the form of consulting regarding business accounting and bookkeeping. Independence, impartiality and trust is an important foundation of the profession and for the auditor´s function in society. The auditing firm's size is considered to have some impact on this foundation. An auditor's two roles can be described as a balancing act between its role as an advisory role with an emphasis that is the core of the auditor profession and its foundation. The roles can be controlled by different factors and we have chosen to investigate what this might lead to differences on the basis of professional and social norms.
Our study aims to highlight auditors from two perspectives, and describe the relationship between its two roles, as reviewer and as an advisor, and study their behavior in various situations to get an idea if there might be differences in the actions and reasoning can be explained by using standardized differences
The empirical study has shown that there really are no major significant differences between the roles that are over our established average. In order to nevertheless examine our results, we used the minor differences that were found to analyze what they can depend on. We found that the auditor in the role of reviewers follow their professional standards to a greater extent than in the role of advisor. The social norms seem to play a more important role as advisors than they do as a reviewer.
|Date of Award||2012-Aug-28|
|Supervisor||Fredrik Jörgensen (Supervisor) & Timurs Urmans (Examiner)|
- Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics
- 15 HE credits
Swedish Standard Keywords
- Business Administration (50202)
- the role of the auditor