Det dolda problemet : - ett omedvetet förväntningsgap
What auditing means is not prescribed by law. It is defined by FAR as: critically examine, judge and state an opinion about accounting and administration of the business (FARs Revisionsbok, 2000). There are, however, recommendations that govern the work of the auditor. The meaning of these recommendations is not really clear in the eyes of the public. This can create problems between the auditor and the client who then have different expectations on what the auditing should result in.To study these different expectations we chose to examine two separate cases with auditor and client respectively. The cases differed in sizes where one could be considered a medium-sized enterprise and the other a small enterprise. The empirical investigation was performed qualitatively through four interviews.While the involved parties claimed that an expectation gap did not exist between the client and its auditor, we could compare differences in expectations between the medium-sized enterprise and the small enterprise and their auditors, by putting the answers against each other. The answers differed in a number of ways within the following areas: purpose of the auditing, the role of the auditor and expectations on the auditor.We could conclude that a hidden expectation gap existed between auditor and client in both cases. The most important factors behind the hidden expectation gap was ignorance on the clients’ parts and lack of communication between the parties. We could also see signs of the new standards on auditing in Sweden increasing the risk of an expectation gap in the two cases. The size of the companies turned out to be a less important factor than what we had anticipated in our specific cases.At present time, the hidden expectation gap is not a problem in the two cases but despite this, the parties involved should take the differing expectations under consideration and through this avoid future problematic expectation gaps.
School:Högskolan i Jönköping
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:expectation gap auditing accounting
Date of Publication:09/12/2005