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An examination of the impact of compliance with internal audit standards on financial reporting quality: Evidence from Saudi Arabia

Abdulaziz Alzeban (Department of Business, Community College, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting

ISSN: 1985-2517

Article publication date: 2 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of internal audit (IA) compliance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (ISPPIA) on financial reporting quality (FRQ).

Design/methodology/approach

Data were gathered from 142 chief audit executive from Saudi listed companies, and also from the annual reports of the participating companies. Two proxies are used to measure FRQ, namely, discretionary accruals and accruals quality.

Findings

The findings reveal that companies demonstrating higher IA compliance with standards have better FRQ. They also indicate that the interaction between IA competency and its compliance with standards has an impact on FRQ. Further, the findings provide evidence that FRQ is higher in companies where IA departments have formal documentation, that is, entirely consistent with the ISPPIA. These results retain their robustness after further analysis.

Originality/value

In offering these findings, the paper contributes to the existing IA literature by introducing evidence from a Middle Eastern context, namely, Saudi Arabia, of the link between IA compliance with the ISPPIA and FRQ. It confirms the role of IA in FRQ, and hence, as an element of corporate governance, information, which is valuable for both the institute of internal auditors and companies.

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Citation

Alzeban, A. (2019), "An examination of the impact of compliance with internal audit standards on financial reporting quality: Evidence from Saudi Arabia", Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 498-518. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFRA-09-2018-0085

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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