Internal audit competencies : skills requirements for internal audit management in South Africa

Show simple item record Fourie, Houdini Plant, Kato Coetzee, G.P. (Philna) Van Staden, J.M. 2014-07-04T06:45:22Z 2014-07-04T06:45:22Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Internal auditing is playing an increasingly important role within organisations. The growing demand for internal auditors, as business and corporate governance partners to organisational management, places a larger burden on internal audit managers in respect of the competence and skill requirements they need in order to meet their increasingly diverse and divergent responsibilities. In South Africa, internal auditing is regarded as a scarce skill profession. Published research addresses competencies in various disciplines and professions, including the general competencies required by internal auditors, and the role and function of internal audit managers. However, limited information is available with respect to the relative importance of specific competencies and skills required by internal audit managers. The purpose of this article is to broaden this knowledge area firstly, by identifying the relative importance of various competencies included in IIA guidance pronouncements as being mandatory for internal audit managers. Then, secondly, these ranked IIA competencies are compared with South African and global internal audit leaders’ perceptions of these competencies’ relative importance. The article concludes that the terminology used in the various IIA guidance pronouncements and the published reports on studies conducted by the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation are ambiguous and should be standardised. Furthermore, it is believed that quality-related issues are not appropriately addressed in the guidance pronouncements. This article also identifies substantial differences in the levels of importance attributed to quality-related competencies by the various internal audit leaders. Other areas where significant differences exist are those of soft skills (areas focussing on the performance of the audit engagement) and of operational and management research. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Fourie, H, Plant, K, Coetzee, GP & Van Staden, JM 2013, 'Internal audit competencies : skills requirements for internal audit management in South Africa', Southern African Journal of Accountability and Auditing Research, vol. 15, pp. 75-80. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1028-9003
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Southern African Institute of Government Auditors en_US
dc.rights Southern African Institute of Government Auditors en_US
dc.subject Internal audit competencies en_US
dc.subject Internal audit competency framework en_US
dc.subject Internal audit management en_US
dc.subject Internal audit leaders en_US
dc.title Internal audit competencies : skills requirements for internal audit management in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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