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Risk management: the reinvention of internal control and the changing role of internal audit

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The publication of the Turnbull guidance represented a radical redefinition of the nature of internal control as a feature of corporate governance in the UK, explicitly aligning internal control with risk management. This paper explores this change, using sociological perspectives on risk and its conceptualisation to frame the debate about internal control and risk management within the UK corporate governance arena – the most recent manifestation of an ongoing competition for the control of economic and social resources. The paper demonstrates that developments in corporate governance reporting requirements offer opportunities for the appropriation of risk and its management by groups wishing to advance their own interests. This is illustrated by a review of recent changes in internal audit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-661
Number of pages22
JournalAccounting Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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