Talent Management for Shariah Auditors: Case Study Evidence From the Practitioners

Research paper by Nor Aishah Mohd Ali, Nawal Kasim

Indexed on: 27 Nov '19Published on: 19 May '19Published in: International Journal of Financial Research


The environment for most financial institutions today is complex, dynamic, highly competitive, and extremely volatile, and such condition is likely to remain for years to come. In addition to these external situations, most financial institutions also faced the challenge to manage talents flow in particular, a shortage of needed competencies. One measure to overcome this condition is to be systematic in managing their human capital if they wish to gain and sustain a competitive advantage in years ahead. This paper postulates to explore the competency criteria as one of talent management for shariah auditors in the Islamic Financial Institutions (IFIs) in Malaysia. A qualitative design was adopted by conducting interviews with 30 practitioners consisting of the Heads of Shariah audit departments (HSA) and shariah auditors (SAR) from the IFIs and the Head of Islamic banking department from the Central Bank of Malaysia. This is followed by a focus group discussion to validate the findings. The study found that there was mixed practices on talent management in terms of competency aspect required for shariah auditors. Generally, participants agreed that certain skills, knowledge and characteristics added with years of experience in the field, are pre-requisite to become competent shariah auditors. This study is unique as it explores the case from the qualitative stance. Opinions were elicited from the parties directly involved in preparing guidelines to the IFIs as well as those practitioners executing the shariah audit function within their institutions. IFIs will have better guideline on recruiting competent future shariah auditors, as part of their internal audit team to uphold the shariah precept.