PhD Relational Drivers of Audit Quality: Up Close and Personal

PhD Relational Drivers of Audit Quality: Up Close and Personal

Published Deadline Location
26 Mar 14 Apr Groningen

You cannot apply for this job anymore (deadline was 14 Apr 2024).

Browse the current job offers or choose an item in the top navigation above.

PhD position on the topic Relational Drivers of Audit Quality: Up Close and Personal
The Graduate School

Job description

The Graduate School of the Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Groningen has a fully funded PhD position on the topic “The Relational Drivers of Audit Quality: Studying the Behavioral Dynamics Between Auditors and Upper Echelon Actors”.

Auditors stand as the guardians of financial information, verifying that a firm’s statements are reliable. They perform a key role in society. Accordingly, auditors are subject to regulatory scrutiny and The Big Four audit firms prominently feature in the business press as well as academic research. Yet, notwithstanding strict regulatory requirements, auditors are also appointed by and work with a firm’s upper echelon—the actors they are supposed to critically audit. This includes the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as well as other top-level actors at the audited firm. The aim of this PhD project is to identify how relational dynamics between upper echelon actors and auditors shape audit quality. As such, this project very much lies at the crossroad between auditing and psychological research. Exemplary research questions are: (1) Does psychological safety influence audit quality? (2) How do CEO and CFO personality shape audit quality? (3) Do auditors’ relational skills trump technical expertise in achieving high audit quality? (4) To what extent is audit quality already determined by relational governance dynamics within the firm before the auditor is even appointed?

This PhD position is part of a research programme generously funded by the Foundation for Auditing Research (FAR), involving the commitment of all major audit firms in The Netherlands. This includes access to upper echelon actors and highly confidential information from audit files. All members of this research programme are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. The PhD candidate will work within the Department of Accounting and Auditing. The supervisory team consists of Dennis Veltrop, Reggy Hooghiemstra (both from the University of Groningen) and Eddy Cardinaels (Tilburg University). The PhD candidate will join a collaborative, supportive team with a proven track record in consulting, auditing, and high-quality research. A stay abroad to work with prominent international scholars (if so desired) is also facilitated within this research programme.

About the University of Groningen
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the approximately 34.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

About the Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business has an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.


University of Groningen


We are looking for candidates with

• a strong academic background (MSc, Research Master) with a focus on auditing, business, organizational behavior, (applied) psychology or strategic management
• a strong interest and curiosity in auditing, governance, and/or behavioral research
• a background in (or the motivation to learn) quantitative and/or qualitiative research methods
• excellent command of English in speaking and writing
• excellent academic writing skills
• affinity for, or a willingness to learn about, the audit profession.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities

• a gross monthly starting salary from € 2,770 which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,539
• excluding an additional 8% holiday allowance each year in May, and an additional 8.3 % end of year bonus in December
• a temporary full-time appointment for a period of in principle four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

Preferred starting date: 1 September 2024


  • PhD
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €2770 per month
  • University graduate
  • V24.0182


University of Groningen

Learn more about this employer


Broerstraat 5, 9712 CP, Groningen

View on Google Maps

Interessant voor jou