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Announcing a new pair of books for internal audit practitioners

Case Studies book coverDiscussion Guide book cover

One of the best ways for an internal audit department or individual internal auditors to upgrade their practices is by discussing case studies.

I learned this through a friend of mine, Professor Barbara Toffler, who mentored top executives on ethics. Instead of learning an ethics code, which is not sufficient in guiding action in real life, she led sessions where a team of executives would discuss one or more case studies based on real life situations. This was very effective in helping them think through the implications of the situation and how they should – and should not – respond.

Auditing that Matters: Case Studies is a collection of 20 case studies based (all but one) on real life situations from my years as an internal audit executive.

When an internal audit function holds a team meeting, each member is given a copy of this book (preferably in advance) and asked to think about what they would do. Each case study ends with a number of questions, but the leader can certainly either adapt them or add his or her own.

Then the team leader can facilitate a discussion of the selected case and see if the team can, after exploring the options, come to a shared approach. The discussion alone can be illuminating even for the more senior members of the team.

The team leader uses the partner to the Case Study book, Auditing that Matters: Case Studies Discussion Guide to help him or her with ideas and suggestions for each case.

While the pair of books is designed for groups (including college classes), individual practitioners may also find the books useful.

Both books are available in e-reader form from Amazon (Kindle), but I recommend the print copy so people can highlight sections or make notes.

This pair of books rounds out a series. First there was World-Class Internal Auditing: Tales from my Journey that explained how I came to my approach to internal auditing. Then, Auditing that Matters explained how to achieve what I consider world-class internal auditing practices, and most recently I published Is Your Internal Audit World-Class?: A Maturity Model For Internal Audit so that people can assess their practices.

I hope these are helpful.

  1. Jay Taylor
    June 19, 2020 at 7:08 AM

    Norman, you may not have seen one of the most important internal audit books published this year on assessing and auditing culture, by Angelina Chin. Here is the link: https://bookstore.theiia.org/understanding-and-auditing-corporate-culture-a-maturity-model-approach

    • Norman Marks
      June 19, 2020 at 7:18 AM

      Anything by Angie will be good. Thanks, Jay

  1. June 19, 2020 at 7:30 AM
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