Kunskap vs. Professionalism
: Hur utvecklas revisorns kunskaper genom karriären?

  • Jennie Eliasson-Olsson
  • Perttu Kiiskinen

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Existing literature has highlighted that an auditor has an important role in the market oriented society. The objective of audit is to create stability on the financial markets, as the auditor has the function of an impartial controller of the information that companies disclose to their stakeholders. Some studies argue that, to be able to perform this mission, auditors need knowledge in several areas during their career. Within the profession there are well established titles such as assistant, senior, manager and partner. However, despite the fact that these titles are so well established, there are no studies on how knowledge is developed and evolved through the career and how knowledge differs between the various titles. Thus, the purpose of this dissertation is to explore how knowledge is developed through the different stages in an auditors’ career. In our attempt to explore the development of knowledge, we have first developed a theoretical framework suggesting that auditors’ knowledge evolves from a theoretical knowledge towards professionalism which is defined as a skill. Subsequently, we have conducted a qualitative study based on ten interviews with auditors who have extensive work experience. The extensive work experience allows the respondents to reflect on their own knowledge, and how the knowledge has evolved through their career. The empirical evidence shows that theoretical knowledge is an important part of an auditor’s knowledge all the way through the career but it is constantly evolving, through education, due to the changes in the environment. These findings, combined with the growing responsibility in the daily work, implies that an auditor has to constantly increase the theoretical knowledge base. Already in the beginning of the career, professionalism is an important skill, but the higher in the hierarchy an auditor gets professionalism is seen as more and more important skill. This paper sheds light on how knowledge evolves through an auditor’s career and therefore it gives a contribution to students as it gives them a picture of the professions demands. Another contribution is to the education system as this paper allows tertiary education to be formed so it better meets the demands from the audit companies.

    Date of Award2016-Aug-24
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorDaniela Argento (Supervisor) & Timurs Umans (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)


    • knowledge
    • auditor knowledge
    • auditor skills
    • professionalism
    • auditor competence
    • audit profession

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