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Date : 26 September 2024

Timing : 9:00 - 16:30 (10:30 - 15 min break / 12:15 -13:15 - lunch break / 14:45 - 15 min break)

CPE Points : 7

Deadline to register : 13 September 2024

Instructor: James C Paterson

Online Training


Introducing Behavioural Risk Into Audit Assignments

Many people are talking about culture, but fewer are really assessing this in a surgical way. Looking at behavioural risk is a way of ‘going beyond’ a general discussion about culture and risk culture in a way that better reveals risks of direct relevance to key business objectives.


Who should attend?

Heads of internal audit, audit managers, senior auditors


What will I learn?

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • understand what behavioural risk is - and how it can impact the way key business risks are managed
  • case studies that illustrate behavioural risk in practice
  • the psychological and systemic drivers that create behavioural risk and what to do to manage their impact
  • Know when and how to incorporate a behavioural risk component into;
    • The audit plan each year and
    • Assignment plans, so that insights from psychology can tell us where to probe things in detail
  • See the connection between effective root cause analysis and culture and behavioural risk so these apparently separate ingredients are seen to be part of a package.

Course programme

Elements of behavioural risk including – Thinking Fast and Thinking slow (Kahneman), Self-justification Wilful Blindness, Group dynamics, the impact of pressure/stress 


Case studies including Columbia, Air Asia, Deepwater Horizon, Financial crisis, Barings


Understanding cultural safety factors – including learning from high reliability organisations – learning culture(s), just culture


Understanding what you will gain if you add a behavioural element to audit planning and assignment planning


Knowing how to add a behavioural risk component into an audit assignment and how it will add insight and value


CPE competency areas covered

  • Professionalism
  • Performance (Organisational governance | Risk management | Internal control
  • Environment (Organisational strategic planning and management)
  • Leadership and communication (Communication)


Introducing Behavioural Risk Into Audit Assignments

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