Ethics, The Internal Auditor’s Political Dilemma and Moving Past Traditional Roles
Ethics impacts every professional’s job regardless of job status, tenure, or selected profession. For internal auditors, ethics can become a very sensitive issue and political dilemma when attempting to deal with issues and management.
In today’s ever evolving business culture, advancing technologies and expanding international borders; internal auditor’s will be faced with issues never before realized or imagined. Gone are the days of standard checklists, work programs and reactive auditing.
Internal auditors must be prepared to use new and innovative methods to approach business issues. This will require stepping into areas that have not typically been considered within the purview of the internal audit function. Management push-back can be anticipated and internal auditors’ values, methods and core ethics will be tested.
Internal auditors must find ways to work cohesively beside management for the betterment of their organizations. We must think past the “validation” role.