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The effect of risk of misstatement and workload pressure on the choice of workpaper review format
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|Title: ||The effect of risk of misstatement and workload pressure on the choice of workpaper review format|
|Authors: ||Agoglia, Christopher P.|
Brazel, Joseph F.
Hatfield, Richard C.
Jackson, Scott B.
|Keywords: ||Review process|
|Issue Date: ||Jun-2007|
|Citation: ||Paper presented at the 2007 International Symposium on Audit Research, Shanghai, China.|
|Abstract: ||The advent of electronic communication and electronic workpapers at audit firms has provided workpaper reviewers with options of how to interact with their audit team. Concurrently, other review formats have developed that rely more on in-person communication (e.g., review-by-interview). Prior research indicates that in-person discussion during review results in qualitatively different workpapers and judgments than when the reviewer interacts with the workpaper preparer electronically. As reviewers typically have discretion over how to conduct their reviews, the choice of review format can be viewed as a controllable audit input. Thus, the reviewer’s choice of review format could impact the quality of the audit review team’s work. Our study extends the audit review process literature by examining reviewers’ choice of the form of their reviews and by considering factors that influence that choice. Specifically, we examine the effect of misstatement risk and workload pressure on this choice. We find that misstatement risk and workload pressure affect reviewers’ review mode choices, with both those facing low risk and those under high pressure more likely to perform their reviews electronically. Further, risk and workload pressure interact to affect reviewers’ likelihood of choosing to review electronically. Results indicate that misstatement risk moderates the effect of workload pressure such that, when risk is high, the effect of workload pressure is reduced. Our findings provide insight to firms and regulators regarding the impact of misstatement risk and workload pressure on how audit workpaper reviewers conduct their reviews. These issues are particularly relevant in light of recent changes in the regulatory environment that both emphasize the auditor’s role in detecting fraud/misstatements and exacerbate traditional workload pressures during busy times of the year.|
|Appears in Collections:||Faculty Research and Publications (Accounting and Tax)|
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