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Ethique et indépendance interne : une nouvelle dimension de l'indépendance de l'auditeur légal


  • Olivier Charpateau

    () (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - Université Paris-Dauphine - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


This research presents a new dimension of the auditor independence: the internal independence. Research has focused on clients and market pressures as kinds of external independence. This postulates that the organizational structure of legal audit is perfectly efficient and able to define and set up the requirements for quality of audits. Based on psychological and ethical decision researches, we present an experience for two categories of legal auditors. The results show that the auditor is dependent on his peers, leading him to take decisions incompliant with rules. The concept of internal independence is discussed.

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  • Olivier Charpateau, 2011. "Ethique et indépendance interne : une nouvelle dimension de l'indépendance de l'auditeur légal," Post-Print hal-00646835, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00646835
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    1. Olivier Herrbach, 2001. "Audit quality, auditor behaviour and the psychological contract," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(4), pages 787-802.
    2. DeAngelo, Linda Elizabeth, 1981. "Auditor size and audit quality," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 3(3), pages 183-199, December.
    3. Reiter, Sara Ann & Williams, Paul F., 2004. "The Philosophy and Rhetoric of Auditor Independence Concepts," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 14(03), pages 355-376, July.
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