Creative and Critical Thinking for Auditors (AUDT8012)

Creative and Critical Thinking for Auditors

Creative and Critical Thinking for Auditors


Creative and Critical Thinking skills are among the most important that auditors must develop to add value by perceiving what others do not in identifying root causes to problems and new possible solutions in a rapidly changing world. Students are encouraged to think out-of-the-box and use critical thinking to break away from pre-conceived notions and the comfort-zone of intuitive thinking to consider different perspectives and alternatives. This course includes brain training exercises and tools to think more abstractly, look beyond the obvious, challenge the status quo, and to use process techniques for generating new ideas and making discoveries in practical audit applications.

Who Should Attend?

Auditors who want to explore creative techniques to apply in the audit process.




16.0 CPE's

Class Type:

This course is currently being offered in the following training modalities:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe and discuss the basic concepts of creative thinking
  • Eliminate roadblocks and barriers to the use of creative thinking in auditing
  • Distinguish between creative and critical thinking and explain their complimentary roles in problem solving
  • Describe two key stages in applying creative and critical thinking to identify the causes and solutions to problems with performance
  • Use creative thinking principles and tools to boost your output of innovative ideas and identify the real causes of, and best solutions to, organizational problems
  • Apply critical thinking principles and tools to organize, evaluate and prioritize ideas generated by creative thinking

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Module 1. Creative Thinking - What is it and why is it Important?
- Challenging the Status Quo
- History and Elements of Innovation
- Brain Training – Making the Connections
- Overcoming Barriers to Change and Creative Solutions
Module 2. Creative and Critical Thinking for Problem Solving - What is a Problem – Discovering Why
- Critical Thinking – Components, Implications and Flawed Inferences
- Cases: What Problem are we Trying to Solve? Solutions?
Module 3. Applying Creative Thinking Tools -Exercises
- Idea Quota
- SWOT Analysis
- Brain Storming
Module 4. Applying Critical Thinking Tools
Module 5. Making the Critical Case for Creative Recommendations

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