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Publication date: 13 August 2021

Naomy Palamanga Thiombiano and Ifeoma Udeh

This paper aims to propose and examine a pragmatic approach to minimizing auditors’ underreporting of time. Specifically, the study examines the effects of time budget…

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose and examine a pragmatic approach to minimizing auditors’ underreporting of time. Specifically, the study examines the effects of time budget pressure (TBP) and reported time use policy (RTUP) on time underreporting.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses a 2 × 2 between experimental design. The participants are 130 undergraduate accounting students and they completed a ratio-based task. The online experiment manipulated TBP and a RTUP.

Findings

This study shows a RTUP reduces time underreporting, especially when TBP is high.

Practical implications

This study is useful to audit firms because it provides a feasible solution to minimizing time underreporting.

Social implications

Studies show that firm culture affects the dysfunctional behavior of time underreporting. Consequently, this study recommends that firms influence the culture around time reporting through an upfront communication of a use policy.

Originality/value

Studies on time underreporting exist, but formal studies on solutions to the issue are sparse. The authors propose a solution to the issue of time underreporting, which is a RTUP.

Details

Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 36 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-6902

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