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  • The Auditing Section
    Accounting Firm Culture and Governance: A Research Synthesis
    research summary posted May 7, 2012 by The Auditing Section, tagged 11.0 Audit Quality and Quality Control, 11.03 Management/Staff Interaction, 11.12 Impact of National Office on Auditor Decisions, 11.13 Partner incentive schemes 
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    Accounting Firm Culture and Governance: A Research Synthesis
    Practical Implications:

    The article provides a broad summary of prior audit firm culture and governance research with an additional focus on areas for future research.  This literature review is important for accounting firms considering or expanding quality-oriented tone at the top initiatives.  In addition, this review of accounting firm governance structures includes methods for accounting firms to mold, mentor, manage, train and reward employees to improve firm performance and audit quality. 

    Citation:

    Jenkins, J.G., D.R. Deis, J.C. Bedard, and M.B. Curtis. 2008. Accounting Firm Culture and Governance: A Research Synthesis Behavioral Research in Accounting 20 (1): 45-74.

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  • Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips
    Professionalism and Performance Incentives in Accounting...
    research summary posted July 24, 2017 by Jennifer M Mueller-Phillips, tagged 11.13 Partner incentive schemes 
    Title:
    Professionalism and Performance Incentives in Accounting Firms
    Practical Implications:

    The authors of the study state that it will be vital for accounting firms to ensure that partner incentive schemes align incentives with values of the accounting profession.  This issue gains greater importance as mid-tier firms adopt such performance-based profit sharing models in their attempts to stay competitive with Big 4 firms because the new incentives they face represent a risk to their culture and values.  Although the current models appear to measure and weigh both commercial success and professional values, these models represent a significant change from the past when mid-tier firms used lock-step approaches that incentivized partners to follow professional values.  These findings are of interest to accounting firms and regulators as they consider the impact of partner incentive schemes on audit quality.

    Citation:

    Coram, P. J., and M. J. Robinson. 2017. Professionalism and Performance Incentives in Accounting Firms. Accounting Horizons 30 (4): 103-123.

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