Fraud Detection and Audit Expectation Gap: Empirical Evidence from Iranian Bankers

  •  Mahdi Salehi    
  •  Zhila Azary    


Our focus in this study is to determine the expectation gap in auditor’s responsibility between auditors and bankers in Iran. In the view on the fact, the key factor in enhanced credibility is the perception of stakeholders that the external auditors judge to financial statements providing through the management. In recent years corporate scandals were happened, so third parties demand auditors should be as an honest judge. Third parties expect the auditors should have more responsibility to detect fraud. The auditors although they view their role as bringing credibility to financial statements, know because of scope want limitation of their responsibility cannot detect all kinds of fraud. Therefore there is so called gap. Our findings indicate that there is significant gap between auditors and bankers in areas of auditor’s responsibilities to detection fraud and illegal acts. In this study, the authors came to conclusion that the bankers have reasonableness expectation gap from auditors.

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