International Standard on Auditing No. 260 and Audit Quality: Evidence from Jordan

  •  Mohammad K. Shbeilat    


This study aims to explore the extent of external auditors awareness of the requirements of the International Standard on Auditing No. 260 (Communications with those charged with governance) on audit quality and to shed light on the effectiveness of the communication process based on auditors actual experience. A mixed method approach was employed to achieve the study objectives. The analysis of 116 questionnaires concluded that the requirements of the ISA 260 enhance audit quality, but the two-way communication between Jordanian auditors and the audit committee is ineffective from external auditor’s perception. The study also found that audit committees do not support external auditor when disagreements arise between auditors and their client management on accounting treatments. The qualitative interviews confirmed the quantitative results and revealed several explanations among which: 1) lack of qualified directors, 2) lack of a clear policy in selecting board members, 3) meetings with auditors are routinely held, and 4) insufficient oversight by the securities commission. The interviews also revealed that the recent version of Jordanian corporate governance has two potential factors have been viewed to improve the effectiveness of the communication process that are, the appointment of a ‘governance liaison officer’ who, among other responsibilities, supervise and document audit committee meetings with the auditor, and the use of cumulative voting technique in selecting board members. The findings of the study could be beneficial for regulators by ensuring the best implementation of cumulative voting to increase the representation of qualified members so that the communication process will be greatly enhanced.

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