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FAR Literature Review - Internal Control Quality and Audit Quality
Prof. dr. C. Hofmann Dr. J. van Raak Dr. N. Schwaiger Sebastian Kuhn PhD student
Literature Reviews
21-09-2020
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This literature review highlights the role of internal controls in the audit process. We find that internal controls are of high economic importance for both the auditor and the client firm, as audit failure has severe consequences on both sides. In general, auditors can reduce the negative effects of weak internal controls on corporate financial reporting quality through increasing audit effort, which is associated with an increase in audit fees. However, increased effort does not fully preclude financial misstatements, i.e., a substantial risk of financial misstatement remains. While the reasons for this are not fully clear, the audit of internal controls is an extremely complex matter. In addition, auditors are subject to significant time and personnel constraints during the audit. This leads us to believe that the use of additional sources of private information on internal control quality could have strong positive consequences for both the auditor and, subsequently, the client firm. We suggest that financial analysts, their discussions during earnings conference calls and the information provided in their reports may be a valuable source of information for auditors. In particular, financial analysts’ assessment of fraud risk may help auditors to more efficiently and accurately assess internal control quality.

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Prof. dr. C. Hofmann
Dr. J. van Raak
Dr. N. Schwaiger
Sebastian Kuhn PhD student
FAR Practice note and Working Paper - Economic Consequences of Joint audits
Prof. dr. Alain Schatt Prof. dr. Jean Bédard
Practice Notes - practitioner's notes Working Papers
17-09-2020
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Prof. dr. Alain Schatt

Alain Schatt is Full Professor of Financial Accounting at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne.

Before joining HEC Lausanne, he has held different positions in academia. His research focuses on financial reporting, corporate governance and the audit market. In particular, he is interested in the consequences of specific regulations on audit quality and on the value of public firms.

Prof. dr. Jean Bédard

Professor in Accounting, Laval University | ULAVAL · School of Accounting

Jean Bédard is professor at Laval University in Québec City. His research covers various audit subject matters and research methods; spanning, for example, auditor expertise, audit committees and corporate governance, internal control systems, professional ethics, regulation of the accounting profession, auditor judgment, and auditor report, employing experimentation, interviewing, field work, and empirical archival methods. He received the Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association in 2014. His research has been published in academic as well as professional journals, including in the last five years: Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and theory, and Accounting Horizon. He has served as editor for Contemporary Accounting Research and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and theory. He is quite involved in valorization and with the audit profession. He contributes to the training of corporate directors and has is a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council of Canada, of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of Canada and of the Internal Auditing Standards Board.

ESB: Accountants doorgelicht
Other Publications
09-07-2020
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ESB 4787S: Accountants doorgelicht


Dit ESB-dossier heeft tot doel bij te dragen aan de kennisdeling op het gebied van accountancyonderzoek. Er is veel onderzoek gedaan naar de kwaliteit van accountantscontroles en de veranderende rol van de accountant als gevolg van technologische ontwikkelingen en een sterkere focus op duurzaamheid in het bedrijfsleven. Toch is deze wetenschappelijke kennis tamelijk onbekend in het maatschappelijke debat.

Met bijdragen van o.a. Arnoud Boot, Bart Stellinga, Mijntje Lückerath-Rovers, Robin Litjens en Leo van der Tas, Barbara Baarsma, Willem Buijink en Sanne Janssen wordt een verdere nadruk gelegd op het belang van de accountant en de rol in het bedrijfsleven.

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The Future of Assurance in Capital Markets (Forthcoming in Accounting Horizons)
Prof. dr. Robert Knechel
Other Publications
27-07-2020
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Efficient capital markets rely on a continuous supply of reliable and timely information and auditors are critical to this process. The economic value of an audit derives from making information more reliable to users (i.e., to reduce the risk of erroneous or manipulated information influencing the judgments of market participants). Traditionally, the focus of auditing has been on annual financial reports; however, given the speed of information creation and dissemination, the role of auditors may need to adapt or expand in the future. There are three areas where auditors might help improve information quality: (1) non-GAAP earnings, (2) ESG reporting, and (3) cybersecurity risks disclosures. To provide assurance over these types of information, audit firms need to identify the appropriate subject matter for assurance, obtain the expertise to provide assurance, develop a verification process for providing assurance, and commit to a system of organizational support for the assurance process. Multidisciplinary practices have the potential to provide expanded assurance over more information, as well as assurance related to the processes that generate the information. However, success is not inevitable, and market, social, and regulatory forces will have much to say about the emergence of new assurance initiatives.

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Prof. dr. Robert Knechel

Knechel is a professor at the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting since 1981. He is also a Visiting Research Professor of Auditing at the University of Auckland Business School, Research Professor in Auditing at KU Leuven and Visiting Professor Accounting & Information Management at the University of Maastricht. Knechel is a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and a board member of The Foundation for Auditing Research. Knechel received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In june 2018, Knechel received an honorary doctorate from BI Norwegian School of Business. 

FAR Working Paper - Moving Audit Teams Forward: Designing firm environments for sustainable learning from errors
Prof. dr. Wim Gijselaers Prof. dr. Roger Meuwissen RA Dr. Therese Grohnert
Working Papers
08-07-2020
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Over the past ten years, oversight bodies, regulators, governments, and clients have been demanding audit firms deliver higher audit quality, closing the expectations gap. As a response, audit firms have been working on developing and implementing new procedures, structures and audit programs.

However, this ‘hard’ approach has not yielded the desired improvements. 

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Prof. dr. Wim Gijselaers

Wim Gijselaers is full professor in educational research, in the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on educational innovation in higher education, social determinants of team cognition and team performance, and judgment and decision making in management and accounting. His educational development work focused on the further development of Problem-Based Learning within Business Education. Next to teaching in the award-winning Master program Management of Learning, he teaches as visiting professor at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in a post-graduate program for Health Care Professionals. Wim is member of advisory boards of universities in Germany and Switzerland, and serves as chief-editor of the Springer Book Series Innovation and Change in Professional Education. Next, he is affiliated with the consulting firm Learning Miles (based in Helsinki). In this role he has presented workshops for Scandinavian-based companies on topics of Innovation and Change. He was co-founder and chair of the EDINEB network in the Nineties. Next, he was the founding editor of the Springer Book Series Educational Innovation in Economics and Business. He served positions as Program Director of International Business, and Associated Dean of Education. Currently he is chair of the department of Educational Research and Development, at the School of Business and Economics (Maastricht University). Several of his PhD’s received awards for their PhD Thesis, or papers presented at meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, and the EARLI Special Interest Group 14 “Learning and Professional Development”. Together with Professor Ann Vanstraelen he coordinates the GSBE research project "Culture, Ethics, and Leadership": https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/institutes/gsbe/gsbe-research.

Prof. dr. Roger Meuwissen RA
Dr. Therese Grohnert
FAR Literature Review - Audit Committees and Audit Quality
Prof. dr. Ann Vanstraelen Dr. Sanne Janssen Dr. Mathijs van Peteghem Dr. Caren Schelleman Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer Prof. dr. Ganesh Krishnamoorthy Dr. Rogier Deumes
Literature Reviews
26-06-2020
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The purpose of this literature review is to provide an overview of the academic literature on the relationship between audit committees (ACs) and audit quality (AQ). The starting point for our review is the most recent comprehensive overview of literature on corporate governance research in accounting and auditing by Carcello et al. (2011a). We start from their findings and conclusions, and add our review of studies on the relationship between ACs and AQ for the most current period, starting with 2011. In doing so, we draw from the IAASB (2014) conceptual framework on AQ that presents the key input, process and output factors that contribute to AQ.

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Prof. dr. Ann Vanstraelen

Ann Vanstraelen is Full Professor of Accounting and Assurance Services at Maastricht University and serves as Head of the department of Accounting and Information Management. She coordinates the multidisciplinary research theme "Culture, Ethics and Leadership". She earned her PhD at the University of Antwerp. Her research interests relate to the broad field of auditing and assurance services, governance, corporate reporting and disclosure, with a specific focus on the quality of accounting and auditing practices. 

 


Dr. Sanne Janssen

PhD Researcher at University of Antwerp & Maastricht University

Dr. Mathijs van Peteghem

Assistant Professor at Maastricht University & Doctoral researcher KU Leuven

Dr. Caren Schelleman
Caren Schelleman is an assistant professor at the Department of Accounting and Information Management at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Caren coordinates and teaches courses on internal control and auditing at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has presented papers at Annual Congresses of the European Accounting Association, Midyear Meetings of the Audit Section of the American Accounting Association, the International Symposium on Audit Research, conferences of the European Auditing Research Network, and at several workshops and seminars in Europe and the US. Her research interests include auditing, assurance services, internal control, and corporate governance, both from an economic and a behavioral point of view.


Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer

Ulrike joined the School of Accounting at UNSW Sydney in August 2020. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in Auditing at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Ulrike's research centers around audit quality. She is interested in how inputs to the audit, the audit process and contextual factors affect audit production and audit quality. Specifically, her research investigates the quality of group audits, the effectiveness of public oversight and auditor's incentives from regulation and litigation. 

Prof. dr. Ganesh Krishnamoorthy

Professor Ganesh's primary areas of research interest include corporate governance, audit judgment, and internal auditing. 

He has extensive work experience in public accounting and in industry that spans several countries including India, Liberia (West Africa), and the United States.

Dr. Rogier Deumes
FAR Practice Note - Audit Committee Involvement and Audit Quality
Prof. dr. Ann Vanstraelen Dr. Sanne Janssen Dr. Mathijs van Peteghem Dr. Caren Schelleman Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer Prof. dr. Ganesh Krishnamoorthy Dr. Rogier Deumes
Practice Notes - practitioner's notes
01-05-2020
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The audit committee is a key feature of contemporary corporate governance. Despite ever-tightening regulation concerning its independence and expertise, it still is unclear why some audit committees underperform, and how this impacts the effectiveness of the external audit. We argue that, next to having the appropriate skills, audit committee involvement in the audit process is crucial for its effectiveness. Communication, trust, and support between the audit committee and the external auditor, as well as the power and leadership of the audit committee are key features which may affect how the audit committee deals with disagreements between management and the auditor, and to what extent it will critically challenge both parties. However, these “soft” dimensions are understudied, and more insight is valuable for practitioners, academics, as well as regulators on what triggers audit committee involvement, and how this feeds back into the audit process. We aim to demonstrate that an active, involved audit committee is able to create synergies with the external auditor, which can streamline the audit process and enhance audit quality.

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Prof. dr. Ann Vanstraelen

Ann Vanstraelen is Full Professor of Accounting and Assurance Services at Maastricht University and serves as Head of the department of Accounting and Information Management. She coordinates the multidisciplinary research theme "Culture, Ethics and Leadership". She earned her PhD at the University of Antwerp. Her research interests relate to the broad field of auditing and assurance services, governance, corporate reporting and disclosure, with a specific focus on the quality of accounting and auditing practices. 

 


Dr. Sanne Janssen

PhD Researcher at University of Antwerp & Maastricht University

Dr. Mathijs van Peteghem

Assistant Professor at Maastricht University & Doctoral researcher KU Leuven

Dr. Caren Schelleman
Caren Schelleman is an assistant professor at the Department of Accounting and Information Management at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Caren coordinates and teaches courses on internal control and auditing at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has presented papers at Annual Congresses of the European Accounting Association, Midyear Meetings of the Audit Section of the American Accounting Association, the International Symposium on Audit Research, conferences of the European Auditing Research Network, and at several workshops and seminars in Europe and the US. Her research interests include auditing, assurance services, internal control, and corporate governance, both from an economic and a behavioral point of view.


Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer

Ulrike joined the School of Accounting at UNSW Sydney in August 2020. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in Auditing at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Ulrike's research centers around audit quality. She is interested in how inputs to the audit, the audit process and contextual factors affect audit production and audit quality. Specifically, her research investigates the quality of group audits, the effectiveness of public oversight and auditor's incentives from regulation and litigation. 

Prof. dr. Ganesh Krishnamoorthy

Professor Ganesh's primary areas of research interest include corporate governance, audit judgment, and internal auditing. 

He has extensive work experience in public accounting and in industry that spans several countries including India, Liberia (West Africa), and the United States.

Dr. Rogier Deumes
FAR Practice Note - De Betrokkenheid van het Audit Comité en Auditkwaliteit
Prof. dr. Ann Vanstraelen Dr. Sanne Janssen Dr. Mathijs van Peteghem Dr. Caren Schelleman Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer Prof. dr. Ganesh Krishnamoorthy Dr. Rogier Deumes
Practice Notes - practitioner's notes
01-05-2020
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Het auditcomité is een belangrijk onderdeel van de huidige corporate governance. Ondanks de steeds strenger wordende regelgeving op het gebied van onafhankelijkheid en expertise, is het nog steeds onduidelijk waarom sommige auditcomités onderpresteren en hoe dit de effectiviteit van de externe accountantscontrole beïnvloedt. Wij stellen dat, naast het hebben van de juiste vaardigheden, de betrokkenheid van het auditcomité bij het auditproces cruciaal is voor de effectiviteit van de audit. Communicatie, vertrouwen, ondersteuning, macht en leiderschap zijn belangrijke kenmerken die van invloed kunnen zijn op de manier waarop het auditcomité omgaat met meningsverschillen tussen het management en de accountant, en in hoeverre het auditcomité beide partijen kritisch zal uitdagen. Deze 'zachte' dimensies zijn nog onvoldoende onderzocht. Er is meer inzicht nodig voor de praktijk, academici en toezichthouders over hoe de betrokkenheid van het auditcomité kan worden gestimuleerd en hoe de betrokkenheid het auditproces beïnvloedt. Wij willen aantonen dat een actief en betrokken auditcomité in staat is om synergie te creëren met de externe accountant, waarbij beide partijen op elkaar vertrouwen en elkaar steunen. Die synergie kan het auditproces en de auditkwaliteit naar een hoger niveau tillen.

Authors

Prof. dr. Ann Vanstraelen

Ann Vanstraelen is Full Professor of Accounting and Assurance Services at Maastricht University and serves as Head of the department of Accounting and Information Management. She coordinates the multidisciplinary research theme "Culture, Ethics and Leadership". She earned her PhD at the University of Antwerp. Her research interests relate to the broad field of auditing and assurance services, governance, corporate reporting and disclosure, with a specific focus on the quality of accounting and auditing practices. 

 


Dr. Sanne Janssen

PhD Researcher at University of Antwerp & Maastricht University

Dr. Mathijs van Peteghem

Assistant Professor at Maastricht University & Doctoral researcher KU Leuven

Dr. Caren Schelleman
Caren Schelleman is an assistant professor at the Department of Accounting and Information Management at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Caren coordinates and teaches courses on internal control and auditing at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has presented papers at Annual Congresses of the European Accounting Association, Midyear Meetings of the Audit Section of the American Accounting Association, the International Symposium on Audit Research, conferences of the European Auditing Research Network, and at several workshops and seminars in Europe and the US. Her research interests include auditing, assurance services, internal control, and corporate governance, both from an economic and a behavioral point of view.


Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer

Ulrike joined the School of Accounting at UNSW Sydney in August 2020. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in Auditing at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Ulrike's research centers around audit quality. She is interested in how inputs to the audit, the audit process and contextual factors affect audit production and audit quality. Specifically, her research investigates the quality of group audits, the effectiveness of public oversight and auditor's incentives from regulation and litigation. 

Prof. dr. Ganesh Krishnamoorthy

Professor Ganesh's primary areas of research interest include corporate governance, audit judgment, and internal auditing. 

He has extensive work experience in public accounting and in industry that spans several countries including India, Liberia (West Africa), and the United States.

Dr. Rogier Deumes
PhD Dissertation - Context matters: Essays on factors affecting the supply of audit quality and audit outcomes
Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer
PhD Dissertations
25-03-2020
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Audit quality is influenced by the context in which the audit was conducted. This dissertation examines research questions that are of concern to the audit profession, regulators and standard-setters, and the public at large.
The first study demonstrates that in line with concerns of regulators and standard-setters, audit quality problems are prevalent in group audits involving component auditors, regardless of whether these components are part of the principal auditor’s network or unaffiliated, and despite a standard-setting effort to address this concern.
The second study provides evidence of audit quality improvements after commencement of inspection by public oversight boards in jurisdictions worldwide. This study further describes differences in inspection characteristics and finds that audit quality improvements are driven by inspection systems that disclose inspection results.
The third study investigates whether different incentives for auditors affect auditor behaviour and audit outcomes jointly. This study shows that two forms of regulatory risk and litigation risk jointly affect auditor behaviour, and that both risks reinforce each other.

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Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer

Ulrike joined the School of Accounting at UNSW Sydney in August 2020. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in Auditing at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Ulrike's research centers around audit quality. She is interested in how inputs to the audit, the audit process and contextual factors affect audit production and audit quality. Specifically, her research investigates the quality of group audits, the effectiveness of public oversight and auditor's incentives from regulation and litigation. 

PhD Dissertation - Earnings properties: The role of industry and life cycle fundamentals
Dr. Britt Smeets
PhD Dissertations
13-03-2020
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This dissertation examines how industry and firm life cycle fundamentals affect and determine future firm performance. The three empirical studies broaden our understanding of how current earnings information can be used to improve profitability forecasts and firm value estimates. Results of the first study show that auditors who specialize themselves in a certain industry may not always be associated with higher quality audits, as auditor industry specialization comes, on average, at the expense of the informativeness of firms’ accruals for future cash flows. The second and third study address the impact of industry and life cycle fundamentals on the persistence of earnings information, i.e., the extent to which current year’s earnings recycle into next year’s earnings, and how these persistence differences are subsequently used by acquirers, investors, and analysts in forecasting and valuation.

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Dr. Britt Smeets
FAR Working Paper - Does status equal substance? The effects of specialist social status on auditor assessments of complex estimates
Dr. Justin Leiby Prof. dr. Anna Gold Prof. dr. Kathryn Kadous
Working Papers
02-03-2020
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Auditors rely on specialists in auditing complex estimates, but do they rely on specialists for the right reasons? We examine whether specialists’ high status, or social standing, influences auditor assessments of specialists’ competence and, in turn, their conclusions about the reasonableness of client estimates. We propose that specialist social status most likely affects auditor conclusions under conditions of heightened ambiguity, specifically when the specialist disagrees with the client and when the specialist agrees with the client but offers poor justification for the conclusion.

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Dr. Justin Leiby

Associate Professor of Accountancy and Professor Ken Perry Faculty Fellow University of Illinois

Prof. dr. Anna Gold

Anna Gold obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 2004, worked as an assistant professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University for six years and is currently professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she teaches Auditing at the BSc and MSc level, as well as PhD courses in Auditing and Experimental Methods. Anna’s research interests are in the judgment and decision-making area, primarily applied to the field of Auditing. Her research has focused on the impact of regulatory changes, on judgments and decisions of auditors and financial statement users. Her recent work focuses on how auditors and audit firms handle errors and whether varying the error management climate affects auditors’ error reporting willingness and audit firm learning. Anna’s work and her publications have appeared in a number of prestigious journals such as The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Business Ethics, and International Journal of Auditing.

Prof. dr. Kathryn Kadous

Kathryn Kadous is the Schaefer Chaired Professor of Accounting and the Director and Associate Dean of the Ph.D. Program at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. She earned a PhD from the University of Illinois. Prior to that, she worked as an auditor and controller. Professor Kadous' research considers judgment and decision-making issues in auditing and accounting. Her current research is focused primarily on using psychology theory to improve auditor decision making and on identifying the antecedents of auditor skepticism. Professor Kadous' research has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting Research, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Journal of Behavioral Finance, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory. 

Professor Kadous has served two terms as an editor for The Accounting Review and two terms as an editor for Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. She serves on several editorial boards and has served on various research and publications related committees and tasks forces for the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the Auditing and Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations Sections of the AAA. She is currently Vice-President (Academic) of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association.

FAR Literature Review - Audit Production
Prof. dr. Joseph Gerakos Prof. Chad Syverson Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer
Literature Reviews
02-03-2020
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Production is the process by which inputs are transformed into outputs through factors of production. In the case of an audit, audit effort (labor and time) is expended to produce assurance over client financial statements (O’Keefe, Simunic, and Stein 1994). As is typical for services, labor is the most important factor in the production of audits. Although audit production is crucial to understanding the economics of auditing, the literature on audit production is sparse due to the difficulty of observing and measuring the factors of production. Specifically, the lack of access to internal audit firm information makes it difficult for researchers to observe and measure production inputs. Moreover, the credence good nature of an audit makes it difficult to observe audit output (i.e., the level of assurance).

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Prof. dr. Joseph Gerakos

Associate Professor of Business Administration Tuck School of business

Prof. Chad Syverson
Dr. Ulrike Thürheimer

Ulrike joined the School of Accounting at UNSW Sydney in August 2020. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in Auditing at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Ulrike's research centers around audit quality. She is interested in how inputs to the audit, the audit process and contextual factors affect audit production and audit quality. Specifically, her research investigates the quality of group audits, the effectiveness of public oversight and auditor's incentives from regulation and litigation.