Title: A risk-based internal audit approach for the public sector: evidence from Greece

Authors: Yannis Politis

Addresses: School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, Parodos Aristotelous 18, GR26335, Patra, Greece

Abstract: The roles and responsibilities of internal audit departments have evolved over the years in order to find new ways to add value to organisations. Their role has widened from the management of financial risks to the risk management of everything. However, very few academic papers have been developed addressing risk-based internal auditing, especially in the public sector. This paper presents a risk-based approach to conduct internal audits in the public sector based on the new roles and objectives of the internal audit function and the experience gained with the reform of Greek public administration. The proposed approach has been implemented in a Greek local authority and the empirical study presented can serve as an example for public, and not only, organisations in order to conduct risk-based audits in a structured way.

Keywords: internal auditing; risk management; public administration; local authorities; Greece.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAUDIT.2018.100192

International Journal of Auditing Technology, 2018 Vol.4 No.1, pp.16 - 35

Received: 12 Apr 2018
Accepted: 28 Jun 2018

Published online: 17 Jun 2019 *

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