Internet Technologies Usage by Audit Firms in Malaysia
AbstractThis study provides insights into audit firmsâ€™ perceptions of facilitators and inhibitors of the usage of Internet technologies. Data were gathered from 14 in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted with audit partners/managers of audit firms located in northern Malaysia. Cross-case analysis shows that perceived Internet benefits, the need for online communication, lack of time in accessing and exploring Internet applications, and lack of internal information technology (IT) expertise are closely related to entry-level Internettechnologies usage among small and medium-sized practices (SMPs) in Malaysia. This study highlights the importance of perceived benefits in influencing internet usage and suggests both limited-users and non-users to familiarise themselves with Internet applications. Findings indicate that lack of time and internal IT expertise are among the key inhibitors to the usage of these technologies. Top management should provide the necessary incentives to promote Internet usage. This study contributes to the advancement of knowledge in IT adoption and addresses the issue of low IT usage among SMPs in Malaysia.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia in its journal Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance.
Volume (Year): 9 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
entry-level Internet technologies; small and medium-sized practices; audit; Malaysia; IT usage;
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