Enhancing audit quality through clan control in Malaysian public accounting firms / Aida Hazlin Ismail and Zakiah Muhammaddun Mohamed

Hazlin, Aida and Muhammaddun Mohamed, Zakiah (2012) Enhancing audit quality through clan control in Malaysian public accounting firms / Aida Hazlin Ismail and Zakiah Muhammaddun Mohamed. Journal of Administrative Science, 9 (2). pp. 103-115. ISSN 1675-1302


The aim of this paper is to explicate the ways in which auditing firms in Malaysia develop control system in human resource management to improve audit quality. This study focuses specifically on clan controls within auditing firms to enhance audit quality which is the core component of International Standard on Quality Control 1 (ISQC 1) implementation. International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has introduced six elements of ISQC 1 including human resource that could promote audit quality within auditing firms. Six audit partners representing Big Four and Non Big Four auditing firms in Malaysia were interviewed. Data obtained through the in-depth interviews were analyzed using constant comparative method. Elements of
human resource management investigated in the study are communication, recruitment, training, leadership style or involvement, review process and appraisals. Findings suggest the Big Four institute different forms of clan control than their counterpart the Non-Big Four firms. The Big Four firms have more formal, systematic and structured controls as compared to the Non-Big Four firms. The main contribution of this study is the emerging framework that depicts the differences in clan controls and audit quality
measures between the Big Four and Non-Big Four auditing firms. The framework promotes a new understanding on the diverse process of attaining audit quality among auditing firms in Malaysia.


Item Type: Article
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Hazlin, Aida
Muhammaddun Mohamed, Zakiah
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > Auditing
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Administrative Science
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Administrative Science (JAS)
ISSN: 1675-1302
Volume: 9
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 103-115
Keywords: Audit quality; human resources; clan control; auditing firms; constant comparative method
Date: December 2012
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/43949
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