Title: Did PwC lose reputation post audit failure at Satyam Computer Services? Evidence from the Indian audit market
Authors: Partha Sarathi Mohapatra; Allan Graham; Anup Nandialath
Addresses: School of Accounting, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University, 703, Flint Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79401, USA ' College of Business, Zayed University Academic City Al Ruwayyah, P.O. Box 19282, Dubai, UAE ' College of Business, Zayed University Academic City Al Ruwayyah, P.O. Box 19282, Dubai, UAE
Abstract: Safeguarding reputation is one major incentive for large auditors to maintain high audit quality. We investigate the phenomenon of reputation by studying the impact of an audit failure on the reputation of a large audit firm in India. Specifically, we analyse the events surrounding the high profile audit failure of Satyam Computer Services and its resultant impact on the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and its affiliates in India. The results of our analysis indicate that following the audit failure there was a high propensity for clients of PwC firms to switch to other firms. We interpret this behaviour as indicative of a loss of reputation for PwC due to the Satyam audit failure.
Keywords: reputation effect; Big 4; audit quality; auditing; audit failure; India; reputation loss; switch behaviour.
International Journal of Accounting and Finance, 2015 Vol.5 No.1, pp.48 - 61
Received: 23 Sep 2013
Accepted: 21 Oct 2014
Published online: 21 Feb 2015 *