The Impact of Regulation on the Internal Audit Function
14 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 20, 2013
The intent of this research is to determine if the IAF can add value to the organization in other ways besides corporate governance. The proposed project will demonstrate through an interpretive process study using case study research how the internal audit function can be a strategic business partner by highlighting its contribution ability in a dynamic, ever-changing, regulatory laden environment. This paper uses Punctuated Equilibrium Theory to explain the organizational transformation of the internal audit function from a professional bureaucracy to an adhocracy as an unintended consequence of corporate governance legislation over time. The study contributes to the literature by explaining the evolutionary change in the internal audit function from scorekeeper-and-watchdog to business-partner-and-change agent. This study analyzes how senior management benefits from utilizing the internal auditors’ experience as an organizational tool to address threats and opportunities.
Keywords: Corporate Governance, Internal Audit Function
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