1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY:
This study seeks to enhance the understanding of the concept of management audit as an aid for effective management. The management auditor’s role in the evaluation of management performance cannot be over emphasized.
Just as change has compulsory challenge to management, so also the problem of change gives new and unparalleled opportunities to management auditors.
Today’s management auditors represent almost top most valuable medium by which the management can extend decision making and responsibility throughout the entity. This extension is feasible because responsive management auditing is a tested mechanism for checking upon and appraising the exercise of management authority and responsibility in every level. Management audit is a total management unfortunately, however, many top managers and business executives are not interested in any sound system of management audit therefore does not place importance on its review on appraisal.
The truth is that most successful business enterprises in the world have dedicated managers who have appreciated the importance of management audit and any business firm who wants to be successful should place much importance and attention to management audit.
Management audit helps management to achieve the following:
1 Maintaining the continuity of business entity
2 Achievement of corporate objective of profit maximization and efficient management of resources.
3. Effective information management and communication throughout the organization.
4 Evaluation of pressure corporation policies in the area of planning and controlling
5 Formulation of new management polices when existing ones tends to be absolute or not workable.
The above results might have been hindered because of the following constrains.
1. Top managements are not interested in the resources and the use of management audit.
2 The concept, aim and purpose of management audit are not fully known.
3 Incompliance and lack of integrity of management audit staff.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
This concept of management audit has been widely misunderstood, perhaps to poor organizations and management orientation. Some directors, accountants, corporate planners and top management executives occasionally undertakes corporate planning without clearly setting the idea of management audit appreciated by managers. It is therefore not surprising that management audit has not been properly understood in many of our business enterprise even when it is a reliable and dependable aid for effective management, other problems for which solutions are sought for include:
1. The effect of lack of management interest and management resistance application of management audit staff.
2 Misunderstanding the concept of management audit by the management audit staff.
3 Incompetence and lack of integrity of management audit staff.
4 Pressure within and outside the company which hinders the effective use of management audit work.
1.3 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
1. The objective of this project is to study the importance of the use of management audit as an aid for effective management.
2 It hopes to find solution to the problems of understanding the concept and purpose of management audit.
3 management audit would be appreciated as an aid for effective management once its aim, purpose and concept are understood by the top management and other functional heads, staff, managers and management auditors themselves.
4 If properly understood, management audit is one of the most reliable aid management could use in achieving overall organizational corporate objectives and goals.
1.4 SIGNIFICNACE OF THE STUDY
It is the duty of the management to ensure at all items that the interests of owners of the business are safe guarded. Management of all resources: man, machines, materials and money of the organization. A proper application of management audit will help to achieve these goals especially the management audit and operating resources. It is responsible for preventing and detecting misuse of basic economic resources, land, labor, capital and entrepreneur in the light of foregoing. There is need for proper understanding of the concept of management audit.
1.5 RESEARCH QUESTION
1. Is there any effect of lack of concept of management audit in the business firms?
2 Is there any effect of lack of management interest and management resistance in the application of management audit?
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The research work is limited to the study of the role of management auditor in any business organization. The management auditor, his primary objectives and the function of management will be reviewed and evaluated. The role played by some selected firms in Nnewi will not be underestimated.
The study will be directed at the management and senior staff of these firms and questionnaires will be given to them.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Auditing standard defines it as the independent examination of an expression of opinion on the financial statement of an enterprise by an appointed auditor in accordance to the term of his engagement and in compliance with any relevant statutory obligation and professional requirement. In order words, it is independent examination of books of account and other records by an independent expert called auditor.
According to Odion O.A (2002) an auditor is someone who is responsible for evaluating the validity and reliability of a company’s financial statement.
In order words, is a person who is in charge of the responsibilities of examining books of accounts.
To form a concept or a general idea, thought or understanding.
This is the commitment of money or capital to purchase financial instrument or other assets in order to gain profitable return in the form of interest, income or appreciation of the value of the instrument. It is to use money ot make more money out of something that will increase in value.
This is the utilization of human and natural resources to achieve a stated objective or goals in other words, it is the direction of an enterprise through planning, organizing, controlling and co-ordinating of its human and materials resources towards the achievement of predetermined goal / objectives.
Additionally, it is the act of getting things done through others (Freed Mund Malik).
Is a measure of the extent to which a person or organization has cash to met immediate and short term obligations or assets that can be quickly converted into cash.
It is calculated rate of making goods. In other words, it is the creation of goods and services for the satisfaction of human want.
This is the ability of a business to earn profit. A profit is what is left of the revenue a business generates after it pays all expenses directly related to the generation of the revenue such as producing a product and other expenses related to the conduct of such business activities
The difference between the cost of production and selling price.
Is the planning process used to determine whether an organization’s long term investment such as new machinery new plant, replacement machinery, new product and research development project are worth the finding of cash through the firm capitalization structure (debt, equity or retained earnings). It is thee process of allocating resources for capital or investment expenditure.
One of the primary goals of capital budgeting investment is to increase the value of the firm to shareholders. Capital budgeting is the planning of long-term corporate financial project relating to investment funded through and affecting the firm’s capital structure. Management must allocate the firm’s limited resources between competing opportunities (project) which is one main forces of capital budgeting (Joel Dean 1951)
The owners of a company or business organization. In order words a shareholder is any person, company or other institution that own at least one share of a company stock.
Shareholders are a company’s owners. They have he potential to profit if the company does well, but that comes with the potential to lose if the company does poorly.
Unlike the owners of sole-proprietorship or partnerships, corporate share holders are not personally liable for the company’s debts and other obligations. Also shareholders do not play major role in running the company. The board of directors and executive management performs that function (J.C. AROH, 2013).THE USE OF MANAGEMENT AUDIT AS AN AID FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT