The expectation gap on the auditing profession
: A study about the expectations business administration students from Kristianstad University have on the auditing profession

  • Ilyas Popal
  • Mohammed Daabas

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Abstract

    Auditing is to provide stakeholders with reliable information from the entities. However, society has different expectations and perceptions on the auditing profession which leads to an expectation gap. The existence of the expectation gap is critical and may seriously damage the auditors’ reputation and the auditing profession as a whole. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether there is an expectation gap between business administration students and the auditing profession. In this study, business administration students’ expectations and perceptions of the auditing profession will be investigated. Furthermore, it will be investigated whether the track that the students have chosen to specialize in, work experience, year they are attending and if their grades have an impact on their knowledge-level and in turn on their expectations and perceptions on the auditing profession. An investigation model of these four factors is presented and tested through a survey answered by business administration students. The results show that the business administration students in Kristianstad University, lacks knowledge about the auditing profession. However, the third-year students had more knowledge about the auditing profession than first and second-year students. Furthermore, the students who had chosen to specialize in accounting and auditing had more knowledge about the auditing profession than the students who were specializing in bank and finance and international marketing. Our conclusion is that there is an expectation gap between the business administration students in Kristianstad University and the auditing profession. Furthermore, the year the students are attending and their chosen track have an impact on their expectations and perceptions about the auditing profession. On the other hand, work experience and grades do not have an impact.

    Date of Award2018-Nov-05
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorEva Gustavsson (Supervisor), Elin Smith (Examiner) & Sven-Olof Yrjö Collin (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    Courses and Subjects

    • Accounting and auditing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)

    Keywords

    • expectation gap
    • auditing profession
    • business administration students
    • expectations
    • perceptions
    • knowledge

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