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An examination on audit tenure, auditor size, independence of audit committee and the issuance of going concern opinion

Shafie, Rohami and Md Yusof, Mohd 'Atef and Md Hussain, Md Hairi (2004) An examination on audit tenure, auditor size, independence of audit committee and the issuance of going concern opinion. In: The Malaysian Finance Association 6th Annual Symposium, 5-6 May 2004, Awana Porto Malai, Langkawi, Kedah.

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The issue of audit tenure has been discussed since four decades age. Nowadays, due to the recent corporate scandals in United States, the issue is discussed together with auditor independence that led to companies’ demise. Mandatory audit rotation debates come from the arguments that long audit tenure would create costly relationship between auditors and clients and thus would lead to audit failure such as in the case of bankruptcy. Therefore, this study attempts to investigate the situation in Malaysia whereby no empirical study using archival data has been done. Specifically, the current study examines the impact of audit tenure on the issuance of going concern opinion. The result shows that the variable of audit tenure is positively significant in determining going concern opinion. Our findings also pointed that if a client never changed its auditor since listing, there is a tendency to issue a clean opinion though the client suffers apparent financial problems. Therefore, it can be said that, “auditor change would do well, but forcing an unrealistic auditor rotation might not yield what it hopes for”. For the benefit of auditing profession, we echo the importance of self-regulation and Laissez-faire practice in Malaysia as a better alternative than a mandatory auditor rotation. Besides, the results show no significant impact of Big five audit firms and independence of audit committee on auditor going concern opinion. Further sensitivity analyses show that the results are robust to different measurements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: SO Code: 10974
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions: College of Business
Depositing User: Mr. Md Hairi Md Hussain
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 01:00
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 08:08
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/10440

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