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Corporate Failure: Accounting and Auditing Resolution

17 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2011  

Ahmad Bello

Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria; Univerisiti Utara Malaysia

Date Written: October 21, 2011


The Economic cost of business failure is relatively large, Government, providers of capital, as well as management and employees are severely affected. More critical are the reporting accountants who are likely to face potential litigation if their report failed to provide an early warning signal. The paper studies and makes a critical analysis on the concept, causes and resolution of business failure, with emphasis on auditing and accounting resolution option. The paper is purely analytical, as it utilizes previous studies to draw an inference.

From the analysis it’s found that distress is mostly caused as a result of poor corporate governance. To stem distress and its debilitating effect, there is a need for the adoption of new audit framework which stresses on time limit of audit tenure with a client, forensic audit, retrospective audit procedure, and auditor’s skepticism. This will ensure and yield effective corporate governance that can curve and detect potential failure.

Keywords: Corporate Failure, Accounting, Auditing

JEL Classification: G33

Suggested Citation

Bello, Ahmad, Corporate Failure: Accounting and Auditing Resolution (October 21, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Ahmad Bello (Contact Author)

Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria ( email )

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Zaria, NE Kaduna State 234

Univerisiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

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