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​New Books Provide Guidance for Modern Internal Audit Executives

Foundation Releases Comprehensive Professional Guide and a Narrative on Culture

LAKE MARY, Fla. (March 12, 2019) —Two books published this month by the Internal Audit Foundation, the donor-supported arm of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), offer new insights and best practices for professional development of internal audit executives looking to remain abreast of emerging trends and build an invaluable internal audit function for their organizations.

In the seventh edition of the industry standard Sawyer’s Internal Auditing: Enhancing and Protecting Organizational Value, 10 authors and thought leaders in internal auditing tackle tough questions about the profession’s future. The updated book demonstrates how to apply a business approach to build an internal audit function capable of increasing its value over time, encouraging audit executives to ask the right questions and think critically about the value and services to offer in their unique environment. As well, it provides examples of how to develop a risk-based audit plan and execute assurance and advisory engagements.

In A Journey into Auditing Culture: A Story and Practical Guide, which addresses the fascinating and challenging topic of organizational culture, authors Susan Jex and Eddie J. Best suggest approaches and a framework to identify, assess, and audit the risks and controls of a dynamic culture through the eyes of a fictional character, Alex. Throughout the book, Jex and Best infuse lessons learned from their experiences auditing culture and providing risk-based internal audit and transformation assurance services as part of the business risk services team for Grant Thornton, the world's seventh-largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms.

Published by the nonprofit Internal Audit Foundation, Sawyer’s Internal Auditing and A Journey into Auditing Culture are available in hardcover, paperback and as e-books through the IIA Bookstore.


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About the Internal Audit Foundation

The Internal Audit Foundation (Foundation) is the donor-supported arm of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The nonprofit Foundation conducts groundbreaking research and scholarly publishing, offers essential career development and thought leadership products through The IIA Bookstore, and works with colleges and universities through the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program to enlighten the next generation of internal auditors. For more information, visit or

About The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Established in 1941, The IIA today serves more than 190,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories. The IIA’s global headquarters are in Lake Mary, Fla. For more information, visit