The impact of social pressures, locus of control, and professional commitment on auditors' judgment: Indonesian evidence

Damai Nasution, Ralf Östermark

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of improper social pressures on auditors' judgment in the setting of a high power distance and low individualism society. Auditors' judgment in this paper is related to the case of auditors' willingness to sign off on net equipment balance for assets in question. Second, the paper investigates the role of locus of control and the relationship of multidimensional professional commitment on auditors' judgment under conditions of social pressure. Design/methodology/ approach - The experimental method is used in this research. The paper uses a case that was developed by Lord and DeZoort to manipulate the interest variable, social pressures. The paper also uses locus of control and multidimensional professional commitment as the explanatory variables. Findings - The research finds that social pressures affect auditors' judgment in a high power distance and low individualism society. Auditors who contend with improper social pressures make judgments that violate their integrity and professionalism. The paper also finds that locus of control and multidimensionality of professional commitment might potentially affect auditors' judgment. Originality/value - The research takes into account cultural influence on auditors' judgment. The paper uses subjects who are in a high power distance and low individualism society. As Public Accountant is a worldwide profession, it is important to understand the impact of cultural dimensions on the profession. Moreover, insights drawn from this paper may be of assistance to regulators and the public accountant profession in considering and developing a mechanism that can mitigate the impact of improper social pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-178
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Review of Accounting
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Auditing
  • Auditor independence
  • Auditors
  • Culture
  • Ethical judgment
  • Indonesia
  • Keywords Auditors' judgment
  • Locus of control
  • Professional commitment
  • Social pressures

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