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Outsourcing of Internal Audit Services in Australian Firms: Some Preliminary Evidence


  • Divesh S. Sharma

    (Faculty of Business, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)

  • Nava Subramaniam

    () (Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School Griffith University, Australia)


Although internal auditing (IA) services have been traditionally performed in-house, organizations are increasingly outsourcing such services. Using a Transaction Cost Economics (TCE) perspective, this study examined the influence of several organizational-level variables on the decision to outsource or in-house their internal audit functions. The study also identified the type of IA services that were likely to be out-sourced rather than in-housed, the extent to which incumbent external financial statement auditors participated in outsourced arrangements and the level of interaction between the internal audit provider and audit committees. The results have implications for auditor independence, corporate governance and organizational performance.

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  • Divesh S. Sharma & Nava Subramaniam, 2005. "Outsourcing of Internal Audit Services in Australian Firms: Some Preliminary Evidence," Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance (AAMJAF), Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, vol. 1(1), pages 33-52.
  • Handle: RePEc:usm:journl:aamjaf00101_33-52

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    1. Jenny Stewart & Nava Subramaniam, 2010. "Internal audit independence and objectivity: emerging research opportunities," Managerial Auditing Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 25(4), pages 328-360, April.


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