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Does internal control contribute to quality management in higher education institutions? Indonesia's adoption experience of the COSO integrated framework

Hafiez Sofyani (Department of Accounting, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Bantul, Indonesia) (Department of Accounting, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Haslida Abu Hasan (Department of Accounting, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Zakiah Saleh (Department of Accounting, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Article publication date: 28 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study investigates internal control implementation contribution to quality management at higher education institutions (HEIs).

Design/methodology/approach

This study employed a qualitative method by conducting semi-structured interviews. The research respondents (interviewees) consisted of internal auditors, HEI management members and accreditation assessors of Indonesian HEIs. A total of 15 respondents were successfully interviewed to collect the data; 12 were from different HEIs, and 3 were from the HEI accreditation board.

Findings

This study deduced that internal control implementation could contribute to HEI quality management and improvement if integrated with other control policies, such as internal quality assurance, performance measurement systems and performance-based budgeting. By doing so, internal control corroborates total quality management (TQM) implementation within HEIs since it promotes employee empowerment and supervision, reduces budget wastage, increases the achievement of budget targets on output and outcome of programs and activities, enhances strategic and integrated system practices, provides reliable information for better decision-making, and promotes effective communication and coordination and good leadership culture.

Practical implications

The current study presents beneficial suggestions for HEI management on how internal control contributes to quality management at HEIs.

Originality/value

As suggested by Chalmers et al. (2019), most studies related to internal control were conducted in profit-oriented organisation settings, i.e. companies, and focused on their impact on economic aspects, such as profitability, cost efficiency and fraud mitigation. Meanwhile, internal control-related studies in the context of non-profit-oriented organisations, such as HEIs, and their role in non-economic aspects, in this case, the quality management in HEIs, is still lacking.

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Citation

Sofyani, H., Abu Hasan, H. and Saleh, Z. (2022), "Does internal control contribute to quality management in higher education institutions? Indonesia's adoption experience of the COSO integrated framework", The TQM Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/TQM-06-2022-0201

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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