Effects of goal orientation, self efficacy and task complexity on the audit judgement performance of Malaysian auditors

Journal: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 2018, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 75-95

Author(s): Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi, Takiah Mohd Iskandar, Gary S. Monroe, Norman Mohd Saleh

Link: doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-12-2015-2362

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of self-efficacy, goal orientation and task complexity on audit judgement performance in correctly linking audit procedures to audit objectives and types of misstatements.
Design/methodology/approach – The authors conducted an experiment audit with 154 auditors from small and medium audit firms in Malaysia as participants. The experimental task required them to link audit procedures to audit objectives and types of misstatements.
Findings – For sample of auditors from small and medium audit firms in Malaysia, the authors found that learning goal orientation has a stronger effect on audit judgement performance than performance-approach and performance-avoidance goal orientations. Self-efficacy mediates the effect of goal orientation when an audit task is less complex compared to when the task is more complex.
Research limitations/implications – These results highlight the importance of social cognitive factors in explaining variations in audit judgement performance for audit judgement tasks with different levels of complexity.
Originality/value – The incorporation of individual psychological differences as explanatory variables in audit judgement studies may lead to a better understanding of auditors’ judgement and decision-making processes in small and medium audit firms located in developing economies.