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Information Technology in Auditing Firms in Egypt

Information Technology in Auditing Firms in Egypt
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Author(s): Khaled Dahawy (The American University in Cairo, Egypt) and Sherif Kamel (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch198
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Information technology is effectively causing waves of change in the global economy with implications on different organizations, businesses, markets, societies, and economies at large. The accounting and auditing market and profession in Egypt witnessed major developments over the last decade in its processes, logistics, magnitude, and adaptation to various transformations taking place globally. However, unfortunately almost no information is available on how information technology have affected the accounting and auditing profession. This paper has an exploratory and descriptive nature that aims at exploring and understanding the extent of use of information technology by external auditors in Egypt, how it affects their work environment, its impacts on individuals and organizations, and the hurdles that might hinder the introduction, diffusion and use of information technology. The paper demonstrates the findings of a research-in-progress investigating the current status of information and communication technology in the sector and assessing the potentials and opportunities that could improve efficiency within a changing environment.

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