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The dilemma of internal audit function adaptation: The impact of ERP and corporate governance pressures

Hany Elbardan (Business School, University of Roehampton, London, UK)
Maged Ali (Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London, UK)
Ahmad Ghoneim (Brunel Business School, Brunel University< London, UK)

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

ISSN: 1741-0398

Article publication date: 9 February 2015




The purpose of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework that helps to investigate how the internal audit function (IAF) responds to both the introduction of the control logic of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, and corporate governance’s (CG) institutional pressures. Furthermore, the paper aims to articulate the concurrence between the external pressures of CG and internal control logic of ERP systems.


The paper presents a review of the normative literature pertaining to the increase in significance of CG in the light of the worldwide economic crisis. The paper highlights a literature gap related to the lack of studies focusing on the impact of ERP systems implementation on the IAF practices.


The authors articulate institutional theory to formulate a conceptual framework that explains the reciprocal interplay between the macro external governance pressures, micro internal institutional logics inscribed in the ERP systems and their effect on IAF practices and structure within organisations.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is conceptual in nature and therefore the proposed framework will be subsequently validated using a qualitative research approach in future research.

Practical implications

The conceptual framework would offer the internal auditors some strategies for enabling adaptation to the different internal and external pressures. Also the paper provides a platform for research community to investigate the influence of CG and ERP systems implementation on IAF adaptation.


The paper provides a clearer articulation of the various constructs that affect the IAF, which has gained great attention for assuring good CG.



Elbardan, H., Ali, M. and Ghoneim, A. (2015), "The dilemma of internal audit function adaptation: The impact of ERP and corporate governance pressures", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 93-106.



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