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.
International Journal of Auditing
PRE2009-Auditing and Accountability