This study investigates if different audit support system designs provide firms with competitive advantages when competing in the market for audit services. We examine the association between the extent of structure a system imposes on the audit process and audit pricing. We find that audit firms with systems that impose more structure on the audit process compete as lower-cost producers in industries more suited to a structured audit approach. However, when these audit firms are also national industry specialists, they retain a fee premium. This study provides evidence that audit support system design is associated with economic consequences for audit firms and clients. We include suggestions for future research.

Data Availability: Data are available from sources described in the text with the exception of the level of structure embedded within a firm's audit support system, which the audit firms provided on the condition of anonymity.

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