Graduate School of Business


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Janet Forney


accounting, auditor, time budget pressure, audit budget pressure, audit quality, premature signoff




This quantitative research correlational study aimed to determine the effects of time budget pressure on the auditor and whether those effects impact audit quality. The study population consisted of active external auditors registered with a certified public accounting (CPA) license, employed by CPA firms, who hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in accounting, and have at least one year of accounting experience auditing financial statements. The population consisted of 1,072. The sample size was 283 participants, and the number of respondents was 287. This study contains two dependent variables, auditor judgment and audit quality, and one independent variable, time budget pressure. One indicator measures auditor judgment: premature signoffs. Two indicators measure audit quality: underreporting of audit time and an auditor's ability to detect material misstatements. Two indicators measure time budget pressure: incentives and emphasis from management to complete an audit on budget or under budget and time pressure felt. To conduct the study, surveys were distributed using an online survey platform link. Using IBM SPSS statistical data software, the researcher tested the validity and reliability of the collected data and performed a Spearman Rh0 correlational analysis to determine whether there was a statistically significant relationship between the variables. The study concluded that time budget pressure has a negative effect on auditors and negatively impacts audit quality.

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