Client acceptance decisions of Dutch auditing partners

Wittek, R., Zee, T. V. D. & Mühlau, P., 2008, In : Journal of Management and Governance. 12, p. 93 - 115 1 p.

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A vignette study of 567 client acceptance decisions by 67 Dutch auditors showed that the prospect of acquiring additional assignments significantly increases the likelihood that auditing partners accept an audit assignment from a new client, thereby violating a rule of the auditing profession. Audit firm strategy was found to moderate the effect of the acquisition of additional assignments: partners working in audit firms emphasizing a professional orientation are less likely to accept such risky assignments, whereas a commercial orientation of audit firms was found to exacerbate the effect of acquiring additional services. Contrary to expectations, punishment severity for professional mistakes increases the likelihood of client acceptance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93 - 115
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Management and Governance
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Auditing, Commercial orientation, Professional norms, Client acceptance decision, Vignette study, Firm strategy

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