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An empirical effect of Fraud Specific Problem Representation on Accountants’ Skills and Fraud Risk Assessment

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  • Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson
  • Ahmad, Ayoib B Che
  • Abdullah, Zaimah
  • Idris, Kamil Md
  • Abu Bakar, Fathiyyah

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of fraud specific problem representation (FSPR) on the relationship with Accountants’ Skills Requirement (SR) and Fraud risk assessment (FRA) in the Nigerian public sector. The research methodology is quantitative with cross-sectional design and survey. The respondents are accountants (i.e. auditors and forensic accountants) in the public sector accounting and auditing institutions. The study addresses the gap in the literature by highlighting the significant influence of FSPR on SR and FRA regarding fraud detection, prevention and response. The findings from a second generation statistical analysis tool of the Partial Least Square-Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM) confirm the direct relationship of accountants’ skills on fraud risk assessment. Also, a direct relationship of accountants’ skills on fraud specific problem representation, and fraud specific problem representation on fraud risk assessment and the indirect relationship of fraud specific problem representation on skills and fraud risk assessment. This study may help to enhance the regulatory, ethical, institutional and legal framework in Nigeria especially and the developing nations in general. Furthermore, it will accord support for the government transformation programme on efficient and effective public sector and capacity building of the workforce.

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  • Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson & Ahmad, Ayoib B Che & Abdullah, Zaimah & Idris, Kamil Md & Abu Bakar, Fathiyyah, 2016. "An empirical effect of Fraud Specific Problem Representation on Accountants’ Skills and Fraud Risk Assessment," MPRA Paper 75931, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson Popoola & Ayoib B Che-Ahmad & Rose Shamsiah Samsudin, 2015. "An empirical investigation of fraud risk assessment and knowledge requirement on fraud related problem representation in Nigeria," Accounting Research Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 28(1), pages 78-97, July.
    2. Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson & Che-Ahmad, Ayoib & Samsudin, Rose Shamsiah, 2014. "Forensic Accounting and Fraud: Capability and Competence Requirements in Malaysia," MPRA Paper 66664, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2014.
    3. Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson & Che-Ahmad, Ayoib & Samsudin, Rose Shamsiah, 2014. "Impact of Task Performance Fraud Risk Assessment on Forensic Skills and Mindsets: Experience from Nigeria," MPRA Paper 66700, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2014.
    4. Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson & Che-Ahmad, Ayoib & Samsudin, Rose Shamsiah, 2014. "Forensic Accounting Knowledge and Mindset on Task Performance Fraud Risk Assessment," MPRA Paper 66665, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2014.
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    Keywords

    Skills requirement; fraud specific problem representation; fraud risk assessment; task performance; forensic accounting; auditing; mediation analysis; developing countries;
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    JEL classification:

    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General
    • M4 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting
    • M40 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - General
    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • M42 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Auditing
    • M48 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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