Viola Darmawan

Doctoral Researcher, Accounting & Finance

Working focused on the role of auditor relationships in audit quality.

Viola Darmawan is a doctoral researcher at Vlerick and KU Leuven. Her research looks at how auditors’ internal and external relationships affect their judgements – and how they can impact overall audit quality.

She investigates the interaction between junior and senior auditors, the interaction between an auditor and the team – and factors affecting auditor selection. Her research will impact audit policymakers and practitioners.

In her first paper, Viola found that junior auditors are influenced by the working styles of their seniors – and that the effect is stronger when their senior is a good role model. However, this doesn’t directly translate into the junior making better quality. Good quality judgement only happens when a junior is sufficiently knowledgeable.

Viola grew up in Indonesia and previously worked as a commercial credit analyst in a leading Indonesian bank. She has international experience working as a business researcher.

Who am I?

  • Doctoral Researcher in Business Economics at Vlerick Business School and KU Leuven
  • Master in Information Management at KU Leuven
  • Bachelor in Science (Software Systems) at the University of Melbourne, Australia

My expertise

  • Market research
  • Machine learning
  • Financial services industry
  • Data analysis and transformation
  • Behaviourial economics in auditing