Continuous auditing for web‐released financial information

Chi‐Chun Chou, C. Janie Chang

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– The increasing provision of timely financial information through web‐based technology is expected to improve the quality of communication between a company and its stakeholders. However, the information asymmetry problem still exists since almost all “web‐releases” usually remain unaudited. The purpose of this paper is to propose conceptual and technical frameworks of continuous auditing to provide a solution for this problem. This solution could also move the traditional auditing forward to the new e‐auditing generation.

– This paper develops a conceptual framework to present why continuous auditing would dominate other auditing approaches in examining web‐based financial information. Using a 3 × 2 × 2 × 1 design, this study compares the economic efficiency of three auditing approaches under the joint‐combination of various disclosure types, materiality perceptions and information environments. A technical framework, the external continuous auditing machine, is derived from the conceptual framework to specify the generic procedures to perform the online control testing and the continuous substantive testing over web‐releases.

– Continuous auditing issues are scrutinized both theoretically and technically. Two main conclusions arise. First, the behavior model simulates various information disclosing and auditing environment and argues that the continuous auditing would be the most appropriate approach for web‐releasing assurance. Although the hypothesis derived from that model still needs further empirical supports, the anticipated sustaining is quite reasonable under the emergent web‐release practice.

– Given the new era of online, real‐time business reporting, constructing a theoretical model and applying it to develop a technical model for implementing continuous audits for web‐releases provide significant contributions to the accounting/auditing professionals as well as researchers.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalReview of Accounting and Finance
StatePublished - 2010


  • Auditing
  • Disclosure
  • Internet
  • Online reporting
  • Tests and testing


  • Economics
  • Finance

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