Bank Specific Determinants of Internal Audit Effectiveness: Evidence from Private Banks in Ethiopia

Workneh Dilie Kassie


This study has examined factors that affect internal audit effectiveness in the Ethiopian private commercial banks. Five hypotheses were formulated based on a comprehensive review of past literature. The study used primary sources of data through questionnaires. A cross-sectional survey design was employed, purposive sampling method was used and data were collected using structured questionnaires, with total of 168 questionnaires were distributed to internal auditors of all Private commercial banks, and 147 (a 87.5% response rate) had collected. The data was analyzed through with SPSS version 20 and regression analyses were carried out to examine the attributes of internal audit effectiveness. All of independent variables are making 60% explained internal audit effectiveness. The study found that there are significant positive relationships between the factors (Independence and objectivity of internal auditors, Competency of internal audit staffs, Existence of audit committees) and internal audit effectiveness. However, Organizational Setting and Management support have no significant effect on internal audit effectiveness. But, private commercial banks should understand that the contributions of these variables were collectively significant to identify any non-compliance activities in their office and to add values for the internal audit effectiveness. This study provides useful information to practitioners and academics who are interested in identifying the determinants of internal auditing effectiveness.

Keywords: Internal audit effectiveness, independence and objectivity, organizational setting and Audit committees.

DOI: 10.7176/EJBM/13-5-04

Publication date:March 31st 2021

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