Internal Control: A Manager's Journey

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An entertaining introduction to a very serious and complex issue
Internal control is no longer the exclusive domain of highly trained accountants on the internal auditing staff. Corporate boards, CEOs, and employees at virtually every level are now seen as responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring these controls; few, however, have the training and background needed to fulfill this complex responsibility.
Through the entertaining story of a manager's visit to the Caribbean, Internal Control: A Manager's Journey illustrates how control can be managed throughout an organization. In each chapter, Operations Manager Bill Reynolds learns the key concepts and techniques of internal control and discovers how to design, document, install, and monitor an innovative, efficient internal control policy. He discovers that effective internal control is based on risk assessment and should encourage innovation. He also learns important techniques for preventing, detecting, and correcting fraud.
This unconventional, extraordinarily useful guide is peppered with practical examples and workable solutions that can be used to institute improved control and accountability in any company of any size. It's the ultimate resource for CEOs, CFOs, operations managers, and anyone involved in the design, implementation, review, or reporting of internal controls.

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Bill Reynolds' company is in deep trouble-failed development projects, government audits, even a police investigation. The company is under attack for having no system of internal control, and it is Bill's job to devise one. Trouble is, no one, not even his CEO, can tell Bill what "internal control" is! To make matters worse, his doctor says that job stress is endangering Bill's health and orders him to take a vacation. So Bill flies off for a week in Jamaica, wondering how he'll ever relax with this huge responsibility hanging over him.

What follows is a remarkable journey in which, along with our hero, you will discover what internal control means, why it is important, and how different control models function. Through Bill's enlightening experience, you will find out why internal control is no longer an arcane discipline entrusted to a few specialists in the accounting department, and you will discover the immense impact of controls on your working life. You will learn how to:
* Derive procedures from risk assessment to form control standards
* Design, document, install, and monitor operational standards
* Institute fraud prevention, detection, and correction
* Resolve conflicts between control-reporting standards and business innovation
* Implement improved internal control and accountability

You will learn the components of the control framework and how they work together, and you will find plenty of advice on policy and procedures along with numerous tips on internal control design, implementation, and review. Finally, model policies on control and reporting formats, fraud, and ethics will help you design policies for your own company.

Internal Control: A Manager's Journey demonstrates that every employee in an organization has a stake in the control process. This invaluable resource for CEOs, CFOs, auditors, controllers, and operations managers is an extremely helpful guide for in-house, general-staff training programs.

About the Author:

K. H. Spencer Pickett is a senior lecturer in internal auditing at the Civil Service College in Berkshire, England. He delivers courses for internal auditors as part of their requirement to attain the government internal audit standard and prepares students for the Institute of Internal Auditors examination at the practitioner and professional levels.

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