Auditor Reputation and Auditor Independence: Evidence from an Emerging Market

18 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2006

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Zulkarnain Muhamad Sori

INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance

Shamsher Mohamad

University Putra Malaysia - Graduate School of Management

Yusuf Karbhari

Cardiff Business School

Date Written: April 2006

Abstract

The paper examines the impact of auditor reputation (i.e. size of audit firm) on auditor independence. Questionnaires and interview survey were used to seek the perceptions of senior managers of Malaysian audit firms, banks and public listed companies. Consistent with the documented evidence, the Big Four firms were perceived to be superior compared to the non-Big Four firms in all aspects relating to independence from their clients. Respondents indicated that Big Four auditors are better able to resist management pressure in conflict situations, are more effective at detecting activities that will affect clients' company continuity, are more risk averse and thus more disinclined to be associated with public scandals and/or audit failures, are more risk averse with regard to litigation arising from fraud/misstatement/irregularities and are more independent than non-Big Four auditors. It may be that the Big Four auditors are more exposed and subject to close scrutiny by the public and regulators, especially when negative behaviour is perceived. The findings suggest that the Big Four auditors are perceived to be more independently than the non-Big Four auditors.

Keywords: Size, Reputation, Auditor Independence, Perceptions and Averseness

JEL Classification: M49

Suggested Citation

Muhamad Sori, Zulkarnain and Mohamad, Shamsher and Karbhari, Yusuf, Auditor Reputation and Auditor Independence: Evidence from an Emerging Market (April 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=895484 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.895484

Zulkarnain Muhamad Sori (Contact Author)

INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance ( email )

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Malaysia
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Shamsher Mohamad

University Putra Malaysia - Graduate School of Management ( email )

Selangor Darul Ehsan
Serdang, Selangor 43400
Malaysia

Yusuf Karbhari

Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
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Cardiff, CF1 3EU
United Kingdom
+ 44 0 29 2087 6057 (Phone)
+ 44 0 29 2087 4419 (Fax)

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