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A Framework For Separation Of Duties In An SAP R/3 Evironment

Little, Adam G. & Best, Peter J. (2003) A Framework For Separation Of Duties In An SAP R/3 Evironment. Managerial Auditing Journal, 18(5), pp. 419-430.

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Abstract

The majority of medium-to-large international organizations have adopted enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs) of which SAP R/3 is the current market leader. This paper proposes a framework for the separation of duties in SAP R/3. Separation of duties is viewed as a critical component of an organization’s internal control structure aimed primarily at reducing opportunities for fraudulent activities. R/3 assigns profiles consisting of authorizations to users. Accordingly, R/3 facilitates the implementation of ‘role-based access control’, where these profiles may be designed consistent with organizational roles and assigned to users performing these roles. This paper proposes a framework for adequate separation of duties using a role-based approach in the Financial Accounting (FI) module of the R/3 system. Case studies were undertaken to refine the framework and to explore its application in a practical environment. This empirical research provided support for the adequacy of the proposed framework.

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ID Code: 5182
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Role, Based Access Control, SAP R/3, Separation of Duties, Fraud, Authorization, Security
DOI: 10.1108/02686900310476882
ISSN: 0268-6902
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Auditing and Accountability (150102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Emerald Publishing
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:27

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