Two Factors Affecting Internal Audit Independence and Objectivity: Evidence from Singapore

Two Factors Affecting Internal Audit Independence and Objectivity: Evidence from Singapore This study examines two factors that may influence the independence and objectivity of internal audit. The first, affecting the organizational independence of the internal audit function, is its relationship with the audit committee. The second is the use of the function as a management training ground. It is argued that this practice might affect individual objectivity because internal auditors may be reluctant to withstand pressure from an auditee who could be their future supervisor. A survey of chief internal auditors in Singapore was undertaken to establish current practice in these areas and to identify relationships between these variables. A strong relationship between the audit committee and the internal audit function was found, with the level of interaction being greater when the audit committee was comprised solely of independent directors. The use of the internal audit function as a management training ground was also found to be quite widespread in Singapore. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Auditing Wiley

Two Factors Affecting Internal Audit Independence and Objectivity: Evidence from Singapore

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1090-6738
eISSN
1099-1123
DOI
10.1111/j.1099-1123.2001.00329.x
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Abstract

This study examines two factors that may influence the independence and objectivity of internal audit. The first, affecting the organizational independence of the internal audit function, is its relationship with the audit committee. The second is the use of the function as a management training ground. It is argued that this practice might affect individual objectivity because internal auditors may be reluctant to withstand pressure from an auditee who could be their future supervisor. A survey of chief internal auditors in Singapore was undertaken to establish current practice in these areas and to identify relationships between these variables. A strong relationship between the audit committee and the internal audit function was found, with the level of interaction being greater when the audit committee was comprised solely of independent directors. The use of the internal audit function as a management training ground was also found to be quite widespread in Singapore.

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International Journal of AuditingWiley

Published: Jul 1, 2001

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