How Insights from the 'New' JDM Research Can Improve Auditor Judgment: Fundamental Research Questions and Methodological Advice
Posted: 26 Sep 2015 Last revised: 17 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 12, 2015
We examine recent developments in judgment and decision making (JDM) research to provide insight into how two big ideas in this area can be leveraged as overlapping frameworks to examine and improve auditor judgment. The ideas are (1) that human thinking and reasoning can be characterized by a dual-process model and (2) that conscious and nonconscious goals drive cognition. Despite that these ideas are well established in the broader JDM literature and have great promise for improving auditor judgment, we observe minimal use of them in the audit JDM literature. Thus, we briefly outline these ideas, and we develop fundamental, high-level research questions related to audit JDM research that are based on these ideas. Finally, we provide guidance for designing and evaluating experiments that effectively use these frameworks, whether in auditing or other rich decision making contexts. The frameworks can help researchers improve audit quality by enhancing our understanding of auditors’ judgment processes and the factors that influence them, by allowing for new ways of thinking about how to improve auditor judgment, and by suggesting new interventions for improving auditor judgment.
Keywords: Audit quality, auditor judgment, judgment and decision making
JEL Classification: G10, M40, M41, M42
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