1 Accounting Research Centre - ARC, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Business Studies, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Following numerous corporate debacles number of regulatory initiatives has been taken to restore trust and confidence in auditing and governance. In the UK, the Financial Reporting Council took the unprecedented step of codifying audit quality, in its Audit Quality Framework. In this paper we note a shift in discourse from 'adding value' to one about enhancing 'audit quality. Examining stakeholder views on audit quality as represented in the responses to the FRC (2006) consultation paper, we analyse the extent to which respondents - audit firms, professional bodies and investors - considered the FRC proposals sufficient for addressing concerns about audit quality. We find both professional bodies' and audit firms' responses reflect an underlying concern with protecting the profession. Impression management and legitimacy played a central role in the post-Enron attempt to codify audit quality in the UK.