Mihret, Dessalegn Getie and James, Kieran and Mula, Joseph M. (2010) Antecedents and organisational performance implications of internal audit effectiveness: some propositions and research agenda. Pacific Accounting Review, 22 (3). pp. 224-252. ISSN 0114-0582
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01140581011091684
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1108/01140581011091684
Purpose – This paper synthesises relevant theoretical and empirical literature to develop propositions and suggests a research agenda on the antecedents and organisational performance implications of internal audit effectiveness. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs institutional theory and Karl Marx’s theory of the ‘circuit of industrial capital’ to synthesize relevant internal audit literature to develop theoretically justifiable propositions and highlight an operational research agenda. Findings – Propositions and a research agenda are provided on potential antecedents of internal audit effectiveness and its possible association with company performance measured as rate of return on capital employed. Also, key variables are identified and operationalisation issues discussed. Originality/value – As the extant literature does not provide a canon of internal audit effectiveness, the paper’s originality is its argument that a positive association between compliance with standards for the professional practice of internal auditors and organisational goal achievement could serve as an approach to assess internal audit effectiveness. Furthermore, the use of the two theories in combination provides additional insights into identifying the antecedents of internal audit effectiveness and its measurement.
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