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Forensic accountant and auditor knowledge and skills requirements for task performance fraud risk assessment in the Nigerian public sector


Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson and Che Ahmad, Ayoib and Samsudin, Rose Shamsiah (2015) Forensic accountant and auditor knowledge and skills requirements for task performance fraud risk assessment in the Nigerian public sector. International Conference on Accounting Studies (ICAS, 2015), Johor Bharu, Malaysia. pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Despite the Nigerian government efforts at reducing the incidence of fraud and corruption through measures, such as establishing and strengthening organs of accountability and promoting the global best corporate practices, fraud and financial crimes in the public sector continue to be on the increase. This paper examines the capability and competence requirements – Knowledge (KR), Skills (SR) and Task performance fraud risk assessment (TPFRA) of a forensic accountant and auditor in the Nigerian public sector. Also, this study determines whether the forensic accountant has higher levels of SR, KR and TPFRA requirements than the auditor in an emergent area of fraud prevention, detection and response. The study employed cross-sectional design and a survey method. Of the 550 questionnaires distributed, 422 questionnaires were returned and out ofwhich 328 questionnaires retained for analysis. The variables are considered a between-subject factor and measured at two levels with a total of 29 observable items (including demography information). The study used PLS-SEM (SmartPLS 2.0 M3) and IBM SPSS ver. 20.0 as the primary statistical analysis tools. The results of the study confirm the significant positive relationship of SR on TPFRA and KR on TPFRA. Also, the findings revealed that the forensic accountant has significant higher levels of KR, SR and TPFRA than auditor in respect of fraud prevention, detection and response. The implication of this study might result in the overall reduction of fraud and fraudulent acts, promote institutional, regulatory and legal framework, and create awareness amongst the accounting and auditing institutions in the Nigerian public sector.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Research Interest: Fraud Forensics, Accounting, Auditing, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Public Policy & Regulation, Forensic Accounting Subject Area: Social Science, Business & Management, Business & Economics Article Type: Research Paper JEL Code: M4, M40, M41, M42, M48, M49 Data Analysis: IBM SPSS & PLS-SEM
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fraud Forensics; Accounting; Accountability; Forensic Accounting; Auditing; Assurance; Corporate Governance; Risk Management; Investigation;Risk Assessment; Task Performance; Problem Representation; Skills; Mindset; Knowledge; Values; Ethics; Fraud Risk Assessment; Financial Criminology; Fraud; Fraud Related Problem Representation; Fraud Prevention; Fraud Detection; Fraud Response; Fraud Specialist; Auditor; Forensic Accountant; Fraud Examiner, Mediation Analysis.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions: Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy (TISSA)
Depositing User: Dr. Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson Popoola
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2015 01:34
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2016 02:28
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/15849

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