This new book analyses the role of external auditors in a rapidly changing environment and the need to expand their role beyond traditional financial statement audits. It presents external auditing in an innovative manner, with heavy emphasis on theoretical and international issues. The focus is on coverage of fundamental issues with regard to the framework and conceptual structure of auditing, rather than the details of traditional audit approaches. The book provides a carefully balanced presentation of auditing theory and practice. This book is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses in auditing as a part of an accounting or business-related degree. It will also be of interest to practitioners, researchers and managers who are interested in current issues of auditing.