Internal Auditors as change agents: What a difference a year makes!

9 Sep

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This article provides conceptual and practical insights into features within the more immediate control of the Chief Audit Executives, helping or hindering Internal Audit effectiveness. Self-perception and external perception can differ greatly (Section 2). Positioning and communication are instrumental when identifying successful Internal Audit Functions; these make a fundamental difference as to whether the Internal Audit Function is positioned as police, servant, consultant, doctor or change agent (Section 3). Practical insights then demonstrate what a difference a year makes. Guided by the change agent, the more effective Internal Audit Function can prove also with hard data that there are fewer overdue findings, that reports are delivered more swiftly, and quantum leaps of productivity can be achieved (Section 4).

The Open Auditor – Sept 2015 FINAL

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