Skills, knowledge, and attitudes important for present-day auditors

Siriwardane, Harshini, Hu, Billy Kin Hoi, and Low, Kin Yew (2014) Skills, knowledge, and attitudes important for present-day auditors. International Journal of Auditing, 18 (3). pp. 193-205.

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Recent accounting scandals have challenged and transformed the present-day role of auditors, making it timely and important to re-examine the skills, knowledge, and attitudes (SKAs) required of auditors in today's business environment. While prior studies have examined SKAs of accountants and internal auditors, and personal attributes of auditors, there is little research on auditors' SKAs. We propose and examine 20 SKAs important to present-day auditors. We survey experienced auditors in Singapore about the importance of these SKAs. Our participants rate professional integrity, assessing audit evidence, and having a questioning mind (indicative of professionalism competency) as the three most important SKAs. The participants also assess entry-level auditors' (ELAs) performance for each SKA. The difference between their importance and performance ratings is largest for business competency, particularly for knowledge of client's business. Our findings have implications for various accounting constituencies in terms of developing auditors' competencies.

Item ID: 32344
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-1123
Keywords: skills; knowledge; attitudes; competencies; importance-performance gap; auditors
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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 8th International Conference in Accounting and Management Information Systems (AMIS), 12-13 June 2013, Bucharest, Romania and published in the conference proceedings (page 823-845).

Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 01:44
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