Creative Accounting, Audit Risk and Audit Failure in Nigeria: What is the Auditor’s Perspective?
Nwaorgu, I. A.; Abiahu, M. C.; Iormbagah, J. A. & Egbunike, P. A. (2019). Creative Accounting, Audit Risk and Audit Failure in Nigeria: What is the Auditor’s Perspective?. International Journal of Economics, Business and Management Studies, 6(2): 261-271.
11 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 1, 2019
Creative accounting has taken a centre stage in the discussions around audit failures on the global stage. Several researches have sought to proffer solutions that aid organizations to avoid the potholes. This study, however, examined the Auditors’ perspective on the effect of creative accounting practices on audit risk and audit failure in Nigeria. The study employed a survey research design using the Chi-square to analyze data gathered from questionnaires distributed to 115 practising auditors from different geopolitical zones in Nigeria. The findings of the study revealed that creative accounting has a significant effect on audit risk with a non-significant effect on audit failure. Based on the results obtained from this study it is recommended that Auditors should ensure that detailed attention is given to the detection of creative accounting practice by managers during the course of audit practice. Also, auditors must make sure that they adhere strictly to the dictates of the International Standards on Auditing in order to avoid failure of audit.
Keywords: Audit failure, Audit risk, Auditors’ perspective, Creative accounting, Earnings management, International standards on auditing
JEL Classification: M40, M48
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