The Relationship Between Internal and External Audit

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL AUDIT Professor PhD Atanasiu Pop, „Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, e-mail: apop@econ.ubblcuj.ro PhD Student Cristina Boţa-Avram, „Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, e-mail: botaavram@gmail.com PhD Student Florin Boţa-Avram, „Babeş Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, e-mail: botaavramflorin@yahoo.com ABSTRACT: Analyzing the evolution process of internal audit, from its beginnings and so far, we can easily notice that internal audit function was born through detaching of some activities from external audit, the result being that there some situations when these two functions could be easily confused. The reality is that internal audit and external audit are two distinctive…show more content…
This survey was conducted of two groups: first group was represented by internal audit directors, and the second group was formed by staff auditors who work directly which external auditors. Both groups were asked to evaluate the overall performance of their organization’s external auditor and their perceived relationship with the external auditor. Next, we present the main results obtained through this survey: ♦ 92% from internal audit directors appreciated that external auditors make full use of the expertise of the internal audit staff; ♦ 50% of internal audit directors perceived that relationship between internal audit and external audit is an “excellent” one, while 31% appreciate this relationship as “good”; ♦ Staff auditors differed substantially in their perceptions of the external auditors’ of the internal auditor’s expertise. Only 39% of staff auditors considered that the external auditors fully utilized their expertise; ♦ Starting from the statement of Morris N. (Morris N., 1981) that “the external audit firm has the ear of the board of directors and, where one is established, the audit committee. Internal auditors do not have the same relationship”, Peacock E. and Pelfrey S. wanted to identify the relationship between internal audit and audit committee. From this point of view, more that 80% of the respondent directors of their study indicated that their companies have an audit committee, and that the internal audit

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