|کد مقاله||کد نشریه||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||نسخه تمام متن|
|878501||1471247||2016||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||دانلود رایگان|
We experimentally investigate whether alternative judgment frameworks help Big 4 audit managers and partners constrain management's aggressive financial reporting under accounting standards that differ in their precision. We find that a framework based on the SEC's Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting's (CIFiR's) recommendation that auditors critically evaluate the pros and cons of alternative accounting methods helps auditors constrain aggressive reporting under less precise standards. While our results highlight a limitation of counterfactual reasoning on its own at enhancing auditors' constraint of aggressive reporting, this study provides evidence on how structured thinking can overcome this limitation. In particular, we find that combining this consideration of the alternatives with a structured thought process that encourages auditors to think about the issue at increasing levels of abstraction effectively shifts auditors' focus away from client considerations and towards substance-over-form considerations, thereby incrementally enhancing auditors' constraint of aggressive reporting across different levels of accounting standard precision. These results should be of interest to academics, regulators, standard-setters, and auditors as they continue to contemplate ways to improve auditors' professional judgments under different levels of accounting standard precision.
Journal: Accounting, Organizations and Society - Volume 51, May 2016, Pages 1–11