37 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2004
The publication of the Turnbull guidance represented a radical redefinition of the nature of internal control as a feature of corporate governance in the UK, explicitly aligning internal control with risk management. This paper explores this change, using sociological perspectives on risk and its conceptualisation to frame the debate about internal control and risk management within the UK corporate governance arena - the most recent manifestation of an ongoing competition for the control of economic and social resources. The paper demonstrates that developments in corporate governance reporting requirements offer opportunities for the appropriation of risk and its management by groups wishing to advance their own interests. This is illustrated by a review of recent changes in internal audit.
Keywords: Risk management, Internal control, Internal auditing, Corporate governance, United Kingdom
JEL Classification: G34, M41, M45, M49
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Spira, Laura F. and Page, Michael, Risk Management: The Reinvention of Internal Control and the Changing Role of Internal Audit. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 640-661, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=483743