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The Reasonable Person: Internal Audit's Role in Internal Investigations

Jose Tabuena | November 8, 2011

Corporate scandals and misconduct in the workplace will always be around. No strategy or set of controls can ever completely shield a company to the risk of fraudulent behavior. But a lesson that often needs repeating and relearning is that how you conduct the internal investigation can be as critical as the effect of the underlying misdeed itself.

A good internal investigation can make the difference between a problem that is caught early and headed off and one that spirals out of control into a massive fiasco; just ask News Corp. or Hewlett-Packard.

Internal auditors and compliance professionals offer a degree of independence and expertise that can be critical to ensuring that an internal investigation is handled properly. In several scenarios, however, an organization should consider launching a genuinely independent investigation...

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