The purpose of this study is to examine the nature and extent of interaction and the relationship between internal auditors (IAs) and external auditors (EAs) from the perspective of the IAs in a developing country, Zimbabwe.
This study was carried out by soliciting the opinions of chief audit executives (CAEs) in Zimbabwe through an online survey that was distributed via e-mail.
The study finds that the interaction between the IAs and EAs is limited and that EAs may not be making full use of the internal audit function (IAF). Findings also suggest that the relationship between the auditors is, in some instances, strained and that the actions of management do not always facilitate the fostering of a good, productive relationship between the auditors.
Results of this study contribute to the understanding of the nature and extent of interaction between the IAF and EAs in an African setting. The study also solicits qualitative data about the relationship between IAs and EAs where previous research has largely focused on objective measures, failing to take into account factors such as attitudes and biases, which can affect this relationship. Finally, the results of this study bring to light important, previously under-explored issues, which provide opportunities for future research.
Mubako, G. and Muzorewa, S. (2019), "Interaction between internal and external auditors – insights from a developing country", Meditari Accountancy Research, Vol. 27 No. 6, pp. 840-861. https://doi.org/10.1108/MEDAR-09-2018-0378Download as .RIS
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