The Impact of Internal Audit Committees’ Practices on Enhancing the Independence of Internal Auditors in Jordanian Commercial Banks

  •  Khalil Abu Saleem    


Purpose: This study aim to explain the impact of the audit committees' practices on enhancing the independence of internal auditors in Jordanian commercial banks from the perspective of external auditors.

Design / methodology / approach: The statistical descriptive approach was used, the data were collected through a questionnaire designed by the researcher, which targeted the external auditors of (90) individuals. The study included four axes, three of which were allocated to measure the internal audit committees' responsibilities, functions and powers, while the fourth axis was devoted to measuring the independence of the internal auditing bodies.

Results: The study found that there is a statistically significant relationship to the internal audit committees' practices in enhancing the independence of the internal auditing bodies; also the role of the audit committees has been the main impact in enhancing this independence.

Recommendations: the study recommends enacting and modifying laws to enhance the independence of the audit committees to supervise all matters related to internal auditors.

Originality / Value: According to the researcher, this study is one of the first studies that dealt with the practices of the audit committees combined, therefore it is useful for researchers that motivating them to conduct further research on the practices of audit committees in other economic sectors.

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