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​IIA Research Foundation Awards Presented
Larry Sawyer, Esther R. Sawyer awards celebrate research, student essays

LONDON (July 9, 2014) — A trio of respected academic writers accepted The IIA Research Foundation (IIARF’s) 2014 Larry Sawyer Award Wednesday for published research that examines the relationship between chief audit executives (CAEs) and management.

Mohammad J. Abdolmohammadi, Sridhar Ramamoorti, and Gerrit Sarens shared the Larry Sawyer Research Foundation Project of the Year Award for, “CAE Strategic Relationships: Building Rapport with the Executive Suite.”

The award was presented at The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA’s) 73rd International Conference at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The IIA is the largest organization representing the interests of the profession and provides ethical and professional guidance, continuing education, certifications, and more to over 180,000 members worldwide.

The Larry Sawyer Award is named for the renowned author, practitioner, speaker, and educator whose vision was to move the internal audit profession forward by addressing emerging issues. The award that bears his name recognizes research or educational projects that most closely align with that vision.

The Esther R. Sawyer Research Award was presented to Andrew Carmichael, a recent graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Carmichael earned the award for his manuscript, “Understanding the Role and Professional Obligations of a CAE.”

His essay explores the technical tools and personal attributes that allow CAEs to fulfill their professional responsibilities and accomplish the objectives of the audit function, as well as the objectives of the organization.

The Esther R. Sawyer Research Award was established by the Larry Sawyer family in tribute to Larry’s late wife, Esther, and her contributions in support of the internal audit profession. The award recognizes an internal audit undergraduate or graduate student from an Internal Auditing Education Partnership school, based on the submission of an original manuscript on a topic related to modern internal auditing.

As the winner, Carmichael receives a $5,000 award and a donation will be made to Louisiana State University by The IIA Research Foundation.

About The IIARF

Established in 1976, The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) is the global leader in sponsoring, disseminating, and promoting research and knowledge resources about internal audit. Its mission is to shape, advance, and expand knowledge of internal auditing by providing relevant research and educational products to the profession globally.