Bolagskodens påverkan på intern och extern revisor
In the recent years auditing scandals all around the world, deficient internal control has attracted a lot of attention. This has contributed to further requirements on insight and internal control. Those scandals have seriously damaged the auditor’s profession and contributed to a reduced trust among the public. Therefore an extensive work to recover and stringed the trust was started all around the world. In the USA, the Sarbanes- Oxley Act was introduced in year 2002. In Sweden, the Code group has carried out a similar work and introduced the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance in July 2005. The purpose of the introduction of the Code of Corporate Governance is that it should con-tribute to an improved governance of the Swedish listed companies, but also serve as a role model to other types of companies that are of public interest. This increases the demands on the company’s internal control whose purpose is to secure the company’s assets and protect the owner’s investments. The general information that the board and the CO submit in the annual report can in some cases, when the review demand large industry and market knowledge, be difficult for an external auditor to evaluate. Internal auditors usually possess large industry knowledge and therefore the collaboration with the external auditor becomes even more important. Internal and external audit are two professions with different roles, responsibilities and functions. However, both profes-sions are important for a company and those that have an interest in it.The purpose of this thesis is to examine both from the external and internal auditor’s perspective if the collaboration between them has been influenced by the introduction of the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance.This study has been carried out with a qualitative research method and data has been collected through personal interviews with three external and three internal auditors within the Stockholm area.This study has shown that the code have not yet had that much impact, but it has increased the external auditor’s work load in form of advice on how to implement the code. The code is expected to increase the collaboration between the external and inter-nal auditor within the internal control. Since the external auditor will become more de-pendant on the work of the internal auditor, more planning will be necessary. The in-vestigation further showed that if an increased regulation is to lead to a better aditing is dependent on the board, how they choose to structure and implement the new regula-tions within the company.
School:Högskolan i Jönköping
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:swedish code for corporate governance internal auditor external auditing colaboration agency theory
Date of Publication:10/26/2006