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School of Business | Department of Accounting | Accounting | 2014
Thesis number: 13872
Implementing the monitoring activities component of the COSO framework
Author: Vollbehr, Liisa
Title: Implementing the monitoring activities component of the COSO framework
Year: 2014  Language: eng
Department: Department of Accounting
Academic subject: Accounting
Index terms: laskentatoimi; accounting; valvonta; control; raportit; reports
Pages: 100
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Key terms: COSO; internal controls; monitoring; financial reporting
Abstract:
The purpose of the study is to examine how the Monitoring Activities component of the COSO Framework can be applied and implemented in a publicly traded company. The purpose of the monitoring component of the COSO Framework is to ensure the effectiveness of internal controls within an organization. This thesis will contribute to the understanding of the practical implications of the implementation of the monitoring activities. The thesis is carried out as a single case study with a constructive research approach in a Finnish based case company operating in both production and retail business. During the case study most important key processes, key control requirements and key controls are identified. The metrics for monitoring the key controls, Key Control Indicators, are developed.

The development of the Key Control Indicators is conducted with risk-based approach on the most important control requirements and controls in terms of the company's financial reporting. Key Control Indicators are developed by utilizing the company's existing controls and monitoring procedures. This study presents lessons learned from the implementation and suggests a reporting process for monitoring activities in the case company. The case research is analyzed and reflected in the light of the related literature.
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