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Key audit matters - the answer?: An exploratory study investigating auditors possibilty to accomplish the purpose of the new audit report
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Various institutional attempts to recapture confidence of the audit profession resulted in a new section ISA 701 which is likely to be game changing for stakeholders and the auditing profession. The new standard establishes that more entity specific information should be communicated through the new section key audit matters. Simultaneously, a prerequisite for auditors is the confidentiality duty towards their clients. As such regulation that reinforces increased communications in audit reports might conflict with auditors’ professional values and ethical implementation when conducting audit reports. By using qualitative interviews we investigated auditors interpretation of the new standard in order to forecast potential outcomes of the new reports. Our result indicates that auditors’ fear of trespassing the confidentiality duty might be reflected in the caution taken in the reporting process. The limitations of the confidentiality and auditors low willingness to provide entity specific information implies that it will be hard to move away from a standardized way of reporting. The results suggests that auditors need better prospects which enables an increased communication through audit reports, in other words a change of regulation that limits liability claims. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Auditing, auditor reporting, key audit matters, confidentially duty, ISA 701
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296528DiVA: diva2:938829
Subject / course
Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Accounting, Auditing and Analysis
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-17 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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