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World-class internal audit functions blend the right knowledge with the right thinking and behavior patterns


Internal audit's mission is "to enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight". Source: IPPF 2017.


The world of work is changing at an incredible speed, calling for internal audit activities that help ensuring organizational survival.



Both organizational success and superior assurance will depend on blending the right knowledge and skill set with the right thinking and behavior patterns. 


A world-class internal audit function that has evolved significantly beyond the mindset of a risk watchdog:



  • Recruits people not only based on their knowledge and skill set; how they function, their thinking and behavior preferences, is equally important

  • Trains people beyond internal audit's core competencies, focusing on diversity and agility

  • Has employees who know their thinking preferences, both as individuals and teams

  • Focuses on the personality development of its employees: "Mature personalities in strong teams create the basis for successful companies." Source:

  • Can enact goals and intentions and learn from mistakes and new experiences

  • Has an agile mindset, i.e. the internal auditors can continuously recruit personality systems that are optimally suited to perform the various tasks they encounter.


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  • Is capable of evaluating and reporting the organization's thinking and behavior patterns in a fast, tangible, and future oriented way

  • Is capable of continuously providing analytical and comprehensive insights into human factors, soft controls and conduct risks

  • Provides insights, advice and assurance of high strategic relevance, focusing on how winning organizations in the next decade will tick

  • Plans and monitors its work and performance continuously from a function analytical perspective, distinguishing between content, activation levels, and system connections of personality systems. More about personality systems

 "When facing chaos and uncertainty, and you cannot possibly predict what's coming around the corner, your best "strategy" is to have a busload of people who can adapt to and perform brilliantly no matter what comes next. Great vision without great people is irrelevant.", Concepts, First Who - Then What

PBA® is a new 360° degree testing & thinking grid to evaluate human factors - across the organization


  • We want to become a world-class internal audit department

  • We want to add PBA® to our quality assurance and improvement program

  • I want to know how I tick

  • We want to know how we tick

  • We want to learn the PBA® methodology