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A Difficult Choice?: A study of which factors influence the choice of auditor
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Because all joint-stock companies in Sweden need to have an auditor we thought it would be

interesting to study how companies choose their auditor and which factors influence their

choice. Therefore our research question is:

“Which factors influence joint-stock companies in their choice of auditor?”

The main purpose of the study is to get a better and deeper understanding of the subject, in

order to clarify the purpose we established three sub purposes:

• Establish which determinants that play a significant role in a company’s choice of


• Investigate if there are any differences between companies of different sizes.

• Research how auditors perceive the relationship with their clients.

We have performed a study with a subjective view of reality and to get a deeper

understanding for the subject of our thesis we chose a qualitative research method. The

purpose of this study is to get a better understanding and therefore the hermeneutic point of

view is the most suitable alternative because it brings attention to understanding and realistic

thinking. During the study we have done a total of eight interviews, six with joint-stock

companies of different sizes managed by the owner and two interviews with auditors, both

working in a “Big Four” audit firm. After the interview we compared the collected data with

our chosen theories to see if there are any patterns that we can draw a conclusion from. This is

representative for the deductive approach of our study.

Our study shows that recommendations and personal relationships are the most important

determining factors for a company when choosing an auditor. Recommendations from friends

and family are the most common way to get in contact with an auditor.

Prior to the study we believed that companies of various sizes would have different opinions

of which factors that influence their choice of auditor but the study shows that there are no

significant differences in how the companies choose their auditor.

The auditors’ perceptions of what expectations the companies have on their auditors overall

seem to agree with what the companies expressed during the interviews. However, a majority

of the respondents in the researched companies want their auditor to be more pro-active and

knowledgeable about the company.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet , 2007. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
Auditor, Accounting, Selection process
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1021OAI: diva2:139989
Available from: 2007-02-27 Created: 2007-02-27Bibliographically approved

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