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The impact of digitizationin the accounting and auditing industry

  • Halvars, Viktoria
  • Svantorp, Petra
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2016
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Previous research has shown that the technological development has affected many industries. We have chosen to focus on a particular industry and the main purpose of this study is to explain and understand how the accounting and auditing industry has been affected by digitization. The study consists of three research questions, the first one explores how the accounting and auditing profession has changed during the 2000s, the second examines the key factors to consider in the implementation of digitization and the third examines the change that accounting consultants and auditors are facing. The study is based on empirical data collected by accountants and auditors and our three research questions that are based on our theoretical framework. In order to answer our research questions and main purpose, our study has a qualitative approach. To get a deeper understanding of our topics, we have collected relevant theories in a theoretical framework. We have conducted eleven semi-structured interviews, with both accounting consultants and auditors. The analysis is based on our theoretical framework and our empirical data. Based on informants' perceptions, our conclusion is that the accounting and auditing industry has been affected by digitization in many ways. Unlike previous research, we have noticed that the auditing industry is far behind when it comes to digitization in the daily work activities.

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