The Influence of Local Institutional Pressures on the Socialization Process of Swedish Audit Firms

  • Marcus Nilsson
  • Frida Parkhagen

    Student thesis: Master, one year


    Aim: The aim is to identify the institutional pressures affecting audit firms in different local contexts.

    Theoretical approach: We develop a model by using institutional theory, socialization theory and other relevant literature. We use this model to identify differences in the socialization process in different audit firms and different local contexts. We also identify the strength of some institutional pressures in the local context.

    Empirical methodology: We conduct qualitative interviews with eight auditors working in large and small firms in three different local contexts

    Conclusions: We find that the socialization process in audit firms is dependent on both the size of the audit firm and on the local context in which it is located. We also identify that mimetic pressure between firms of different sizes is stronger in a local context with low client diversity than in a local context with high client diversity.

    Date of Award2013-Aug-06
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorGiuseppe Grossi (Supervisor) & Anders Grönlund (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)


    • socialization theory
    • proactive behavior
    • institutional theory
    • client diversity

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