External auditors' reliance on internal auditing : further evidence.
Munro, Lois A. & Stewart, Jenny (2011) External auditors' reliance on internal auditing : further evidence. Managerial Auditing Journal, 26(6), pp. 464-481.
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore whether internal audit’s reporting relationship
with the audit committee and the client’s business risk environment impact external auditors’ reliance
on the work of internal audit.
Design/methodology/approach – An experiment is conducted using a 2 £ 2 between-subjects
design where we manipulate the above two factors at strong and weak levels. Participants are 66 audit
partners, managers and seniors, all experienced with clients having internal audit functions.
Findings – The results indicate that both factors affect external auditors’ reliance on work already
undertaken by internal audit and their use of internal auditors (IA) as assistants. The results also indicate that external auditors are more likely to use internal audit for control evaluation tasks than for substantive tests of balances. The study does not find any significant interaction effects between the two factors.
Originality/value – No prior studies have examined the influence of reporting relationship and client
business risk on external auditors’ reliance decisions in the current governance environment. Further,
the paper examines the impact of these factors on reliance on work already undertaken by internal audit
and on using IA as assistants, with respect to both control evaluation work and substantive testing
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Internal Auditing, External auditor reliance decisions, Audit planning, Audit Committees, Business risk|
|ISSN:||1758-7735 (online) 0268-6902 (print)|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Auditing and Accountability (150102)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School|
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd|
|Deposited On:||21 Sep 2011 08:08|
|Last Modified:||21 Sep 2011 08:08|
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