An Organizational Perspective on Auditor Conduct

Jorien Pruijssers

Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal

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Auditor misconduct has played a crucial role in the financial turmoil of the past decades, but is hardly understood itself. Research to date has focused almost exclusively on how external regulations can guard the integrity and quality of audit services, but has ignored the influence of audit firms’ organizational features on auditor behavior. This is a potentially serious omission as organizational factors may be potential causes for auditor misconduct, and because organizational practices could be potential remedies to auditor misconduct. In this dissertation, I seek to redirect the conversation on auditor conduct by taking an organizational perspective. This dissertation therefore provides compelling evidence that the organizational context of audit firms indeed has a significant impact on auditor behavior. In so doing, I show that an exclusive reliance on regulatory reforms may not be sufficient to foster auditor integrity and that effective remedies to combat audit failures reside at the level of the organizations providing the audit. I therefore provide important and innovative contributions to both the Audit and Organizational literatures.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • van Oosterhout, Hans, Supervisor
  • Heugens, Pursey, Supervisor
  • Hartmann, Doctoral committee member
  • Kaptein, Muel, Doctoral committee member
  • Knechel, Doctoral committee member
Award date29 May 2015
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Print ISBNs9789058923974
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2015

Research programs

  • RSM F&A
  • RSM S&E


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