ABSTRACT

Disruptive technology, new business ventures, and increased availability of data are quickly changing traditional financial reporting and assurance processes. As a result, prospective auditors not only need to understand fundamental auditing concepts, but also need to anticipate the influence that disruptive technology will have on the profession. The following case study provides a lens through which prospective auditors can view the coming changes to the profession by asking them to consider how the online lending company, Kabbage, is currently disrupting the lending industry for non-traditional and small businesses. Students contemplate several fundamental auditing concepts such as audit evidence, financial statement assertions, and analytical procedures while also acquiring insight into the effects that new and disruptive technology will have on the profession. The intention is to encourage students to embrace coming changes and become lifetime learners.

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