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Regional Variation in the SME-Audit Firm Relationship
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2012 (English)In: Journal of modern accounting and auditing, ISSN 1548-6583, Vol. 8, no 3, 340-356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the paper is to examine how the relationship between small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and their auditor varies between regions. Auditing literature, regional, and network studies are used to set up hypotheses on differences between rural regions and the metropolitan urban region. Survey data from 421 SMEs are analyzed and findings support that in rural regions, especially those with a strong entrepreneurial culture and tight inter-organizational links, the SME-auditor relationship is to a larger extent trust-based compared to the urban region. In the rural region, the auditor assumes the role as a business support agent providing valuable strategic advice. The SME-auditor relationship is weakest in the urban region where the auditor’s role is limited.

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David Publishing, 2012. Vol. 8, no 3, 340-356 p.
Keyword [en]
auditing, business support, trust, service quality, regional variation
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55081OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-55081DiVA: diva2:525442
Available from: 2012-05-08 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-10Bibliographically approved

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