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Online: Introducing Behavioural Risk Into Audit Assignments

Understand what behavioural risk is - and how it can impact the way key business risks are managed.  

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 audit planning and audit assignments across a range of areas

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)


You will receive 7 CPE for CIA and Diplomert internrevisor for attending this course.


James C. Paterson is a finance professional who then became the Chief Audit Executive for AstraZeneca PLC. Before that he also worked in HR. He has been consulting and training since 2010 and delivers workshops for 12 IIA institutes across Europe, including Albania, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK & Ireland. James has also presented at several 3 IIA International conferences on a range of topics. He is the author of the book “Lean Auditing” which is about new ways of auditing to drive efficiency and effectiveness and added value. His specialist areas of work include Assurance Mapping, Root cause analysis, Audit culture and influencing and political savvy for internal auditors.