Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2014, Page: 132-137
Exploring Internal Auditor Independence Motivators: Kenyan Perspective
Charles Guandaru Kamau, Jomokenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Juja, Kenya
Samuel Kariuki Nduati, Jomokenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Juja, Kenya
Agnes Ndinda Mutiso, Jomokenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Juja, Kenya
Received: Feb. 18, 2014;       Published: Mar. 20, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijefm.20140202.13      View  3860      Downloads  300
Abstract
The institute of internal auditors expressed the role of internal audit as that providing objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. In performing this role the internal auditors are required by the international standards to exercise professional independence and objectivity. Audit independence means freedom from conditions that threaten mental attitude which is unbiased. The literature suggests several factors which affect the audit independence in Kenya, which are explored in this study. The study collected its data using a self-made questionnaire which was distributed among auditors in Kenya so as to establish the status of internal auditor’s independence in Kenya. The data collected was subjected to multiple regression analysis so as to test hypotheses and make conclusions on internal audit independence and its motivators in Kenya. The study established that that auditor’s involvements in management and audit committee effectiveness, among other factors have significant influence on the internal auditor’s independence in Kenya.
Keywords
Auditor Independence, Auditor Skills, Conflict of Interest, Kenya
To cite this article
Charles Guandaru Kamau, Samuel Kariuki Nduati, Agnes Ndinda Mutiso, Exploring Internal Auditor Independence Motivators: Kenyan Perspective, International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2014, pp. 132-137. doi: 10.11648/j.ijefm.20140202.13
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