Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the recent literature on internal audit independence and objectivity and discuss opportunities for future research. The topics examined are the organizational status of internal audit, the internal auditor's dual role as a provider of assurance and consulting activities, internal audit's involvement in risk management, outsourcing and co-sourcing of internal audit activities, and the use of internal audit as a training ground for managers. Design/methodology/approach – The approach used in this paper is a review of the literature followed by an identification of further research opportunities. Findings – The paper summarizes the existing body of knowledge relating to internal audit independence and objectivity and identifies gaps in the literature where further research is needed. Originality/value – The paper provides researchers with a useful summary of the literature on internal audit independence and objectivity and stimulates them to engage in further research in the area.
Field of Research
150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
900299 Property, Business Support Services and Trade not elsewhere classified