Entity-Level Controls: The Internal Auditor's Assessment of Management Tone at the Top
James C. Hansen
University of New Mexico - Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management
Nathaniel M. Stephens
Utah State University - Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
David A. Wood
Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy
November 7, 2008
Current Issues in Auditing, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-13, 2009
The internal audit function's (IAF) regular interaction with management and continual presence within the organization place it in a unique position to monitor the organization. Although the IAF has significant potential to evaluate and improve corporate governance, research has yet to explore how internal auditors assess an important component of corporate governance - management tone at the top. This paper reports survey evidence of 578 practicing internal auditors related to (1) current internal auditing practices regarding assessing management's tone, (2) internal auditor's current assessments of management's tone, and (3) potential future practices internal auditor's could perform to improve management's tone. In addition, we examine whether tone at the top is higher in organizations where internal auditors perform tone at the top assessments and if assessments differ based on what level of internal audit professional performs tone at the top assessments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: Internal Audit, Entity-Level Controls, Tone at the Top, Corporate Governance
JEL Classification: M41, M49, G34, G38Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 9, 2008 ; Last revised: February 10, 2010
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