This paper addresses information processing weaknesses and limitations that can impede the effective use and analysis of Big Data in an audit environment. Drawing on the literature from psychology and auditing, we present the behavioral implications Big Data has on audit judgment by addressing the issues of information overload, information relevance, pattern recognition, and ambiguity. We also discuss the challenges that auditors encounter when incorporating Big Data in audit analyses and the various analytical tools that are currently used by companies in the analysis of Big Data. The manuscript concludes by raising questions that future research might address related to utilizing Big Data in auditing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Audit judgment
- Big data
- Data analytics
- Information processing weaknesses