We extend the current understanding of the impact of trait skepticism on the level of professional scepticism reflected in audit judgments by modelling an omitted variable that has the potential to explain the mixed results reported in the extant literature. Specifically, we propose that an individualÃ¢''s underlying propensity towards falling prey to seduction in a professional sense (e.g., attractive and fashionable office environment) (trait seduction) attenuates the effect of trait skepticism on audit judgments. Using a scale that we develop to measure trait seduction, we find that the modelling of trait seduction reveals the intuitive relationship between trait scepticism and the level of scepticism reflected in audit judgments. We further find that this attenuating effect is most pronounced in situations where seductive elements are subtly placed in the environment, but less so when active attempts are made to highlight the presence of these seductive elements. Given the pressure on auditors to elevate the level of professional scepticism they exercise, and calls for research to help auditors in this regard, our findings have important implications for both practice and future research.
|Number of pages||38|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||13th ANCAAR Audit Research Forum 2015
- Allan Barton Forum, College of Business and Economics, Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 04 Dec 2015 → 05 Dec 2015
|Conference||13th ANCAAR Audit Research Forum 2015|
|Period||04/12/15 → 05/12/15|