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A Consideration of Literature on Trust and Distrust as they Relate to Auditor Professional Scepticism


Harding, N and Azim, MI and Md Jidin, M and Muir, JP, A Consideration of Literature on Trust and Distrust as they Relate to Auditor Professional Scepticism, Australian Accounting Review, 26, (3) pp. 243-254. ISSN 1035-6908 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/auar.12126


With a view to expanding the discussion on professional scepticism, and motivating a broader perspective in research undertaken with the aim of helping auditors meet ongoing demands for an elevated level of professional scepticism, we consider the literature on trust and distrust as it relates to auditor professional scepticism. We draw on literature from a range of disciplines, and highlight new opportunities and previously unidentified challenges in helping auditors exercise an elevated level of professional scepticism. We distinguish between trust and distrust and note that the issue of professional scepticism is likely to be as much about auditors being insufficiently distrusting as it is about auditors being overly trusting. A number of potentially fruitful means by which professional scepticism might be enhanced are highlighted but we also encourage caution in that lower levels of trust in management, and increased distrust in management, may have unintended negative consequences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:professional scepticism, trust and mistrust
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Other economic framework
Objective Field:Other economic framework not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Md Jidin, M (Mr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin)
ID Code:111234
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2016-09-06
Last Modified:2017-10-12

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