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Transitional Auditing—Navigating Through the Chaos

Summary: Internal audits are important to reduce risk and recommend areas of improvement for any business or organization, but the usefulness of audits is often lost during transitional or chaotic periods. Setting up an internal audit program and team that can weather any storm and work in a transitional environment will produce more effective and long term change that any organization can benefit from. Creating an effective and sustainable audit program requires that management is both understanding and supportive of the goals and processes. It is also essential that auditors understand the organization they are auditing at a deep level and are given the opportunity to work and share expertise with fellow auditors in order to reduce repetitive work. Auditing programs work best when aligned with the business environment in which they operate and when feedback loops allow for the processes to adapt and change as needed in turbulent times. Streamlining and tailoring audit programs to organizations can also reduce time and effort on the part of auditors, but increase the effectiveness and long term usefulness of internal audits.

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  • Topics: Auditing, Risk Management, Process Management
  • Keywords: Internal audits, Audit teams, Quality management system (QMS), Risk management, Improvement, Alignment
  • Author: Beitel, Ardith
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation