Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative study: Being proactive in detecting and preventing fraud in the post Sarbanes-Oxley era
by Riney, Felicia Ann, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2016, 237; 10164149
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to apply the qualitative research method of descriptive single-case study design to explore the phenomenon of fraud in companies in the state of Arkansas by conducting face-to-face interviews with mid-level officers, distributing questionnaires to upper-level officers, and reviewing company documentation in the retail, professional services, or manufacturing industries in Arkansas. The focus is to understand the phenomenon of fraud and company officers’ perceptions about tools for detecting and preventing fraud. Financial statement fraud tactics make up 9% of the fraud cases globally, which equates to a median loss of $1 million (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2014). The research method involves the triangulation of data from interviewing mid-level company officers, distributing questionnaires to upper-level company officers, and reviewing organizational policy and procedure documents. Interviews will consist of at least 20–35 participants in a mid-level officer position to ascertain their perceptions about the fraud triangle as a tool and the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence (BCPE) as a framework, a questionnaire will be distributed to upper-level officers to confirm/disconfirm themes, and company historical documents will be reviewed. Because officers are accountable for the accuracy of financial reporting and the ethical conduct of employees, establishing methods for detecting and preventing fraud averts fraudulent acts such as the embezzlement, false reporting, or bribery.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zelihic, Maja
Commitee: Gonzalez, Matthew D., Miah, Mohammed
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Accounting, Ethics, Management, Criminology
Keywords: Business excellence models, Cognitive decisions, Ethics, Fraud, Fraud triangle, Internal controls
Publication Number: 10164149
ISBN: 9781369187359
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