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Control Self Assessment (CSA) / Self-Audit to support the internal audit function

  • In recent years the field of internal audit has gained tremendous importance. This was promoted by massive frauds, management scandals and bankruptcies identified at companies like Enron, Lehman Brothers and Cendant Corporation or by individuals like Bernard Madoff. The recent financial crisis, which has caused multi-billion dollars of economic damage worldwide contrib-uted as well. As a consequence governments passed new draft legislations, tightened up regula-tions of the financial market and implemented global standards to reduce financial risks – con-siderably those concerning the future. At the same time a shift in awareness at the management and boardroom level in institutes, companies and organizations alike took place and corporate governance was given a higher appraisal. Nowadays it is necessary, even vital for the above mentioned to be aware of corporate objectives and their social and environmental impact (Pickett, 2003). In this context, internal audit (IA) has undergone a magnificent boost of attention, representing a key function within the organization by reviewing, analyzing, monitoring and improving its pro-cesses and operations. However, in order to keep up with constantly increasing standards and company guidelines to meet the expectations of the management, and more important, those of the stakeholders as well as to reduce costs, new methods needed to be developed and implemented accordingly. One of these methods, which in fact has long been there, but still ekes out a marginal existence in Germany, is the control self-assessment (CSA).

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Author:Robert Mährlein
Advisor:Uwe Hack
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2015
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2015/11/26
Tag:Auditing; Control Self Assessment; Internal Audit
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management
Functional area:Finance & Accounting