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Studies Find Internal Audit Lacking in Leadership Skills

Tammy Whitehouse | August 16, 2011

With dramatic changes in the business environment over the past few years, many internal audit departments are caught in a kind of feedback loop—eager to help steer organizations in a new direction, but struggling to demonstrate their ability to be agents of change.

Studies by the Institute of Internal Auditors and PwC suggest that after years of focus on financial reporting controls thanks to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, internal auditors are still trying to put down their pencils and lift heads so they can take a broader look at organizational risk. To participate in the larger landscape, however, they are finding they still need to improve their skills in some important areas, and then they need to earn a seat at the table to discuss those risks with boards and audit committees.

“This is probably the hottest topic out there in the profession,” says Jason Pett, a partner with PwC. “The CEO agenda is getting much more diverse, moving beyond borders and outside of... To get the full story, subscribe now.