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Forensic accounting knowledge and mindset on task performance fraud risk assessment

Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson and Che Ahmad, Ayoib and Samsudin, Rose Shamsiah (2014) Forensic accounting knowledge and mindset on task performance fraud risk assessment. International Journal of Business and Management, 9 (9). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1833-3850

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The paper investigates the relationship between knowledge (KR) and mindset (MR) on task performance fraud risk assessment (TPFRA) of forensic accountant and auditor in the public sector environment. It also examines the claim that forensic accountants possess higher level of KR, MR and TPFRA than auditors. The study design is cross-sectional. Survey questionnaire is used. The 300 respondents are real professional people (i.e. auditors and accountants in the Nigerian public sector) as true representatives to enhance the generalisation of the outcomes. PLS-SEM and IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0 were used as the primary statistical analysis tools for the study. The results of the present study confirm the positive relationship of KR and MR on TPFRA. Specifically, the results revealed that forensic accountants have higher levels of KR, MR and TPFRA than auditors in the areas of fraud prevention/deterrent, detection and response. Because of the adoption of cross-sectional design in which data are collected at one point of time, there is no time to wait for different follow-up stages or interventions before data analysis. Researchers are encouraged to use longitudinal design to explore interactions between KR, MR and TPFRA. This empirical study has revealed the value of KR and MR (forensic accountant and auditor) as a significant capability requirement in the workplace. Since no nation is immune to fraud and as loss due to fraud is costly, the result of this research will improve the corporate governance and accountability practices among public sector accountants and auditors.

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 > 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: 30 Jan 2017 03:22

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