Title: The role of internal audit and audit committee in the implementation of enterprise risk management

Authors: Takiah Mohd Iskandar; Adibah Jamil; Puan Yatim; Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi

Addresses: Accounting Research Institute, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Level 12, SAAS Building, Shah Alam, 40450 Selangor, Malaysia ' Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM Bangi, 43600 Selangor, Malaysia ' UKM-Graduate School of Business, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM Bangi, 43600 Selangor, Malaysia ' Universiti Teknologi MARA, Level 12, SAAS Building, Shah Alam, 40450 Selangor, Malaysia

Abstract: The study evaluates the role of internal audit in the implementation of enterprise risk management (ERM). The study examines relationships between the competency, independence and working priority of internal audit and ERM implementation and moderating effects of audit committee support on the relationships. A survey on listed companies in Malaysia with internal audit units indicates that the internal audit independence is significantly related to the implementation of ERM for review and feedbacks. The study finds that internal audit work priority contributes significantly to the ERM implementation at all stages. The support by the audit committee is important in enhancing the effectiveness of internal audit in the ERM implementation particularly for the development of policy and procedures and strategy and follow-up actions. The inclusion of companies which outsource internal audit services to outside parties may enhance the validity and generalisability of the results.

Keywords: enterprise risk management; business risk; internal audit; audit committee; internal procedure; internal policy; implementation stages.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2018.094974

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2018 Vol.21 No.2, pp.239 - 260

Received: 22 Dec 2016
Accepted: 03 Mar 2017

Published online: 25 Sep 2018 *

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