Detecting and Deterring Conflicts of Interest

Detecting and Deterring Conflicts of Interest
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6 Credits


Conflicts of interest present major risks at all organizations, and these risks only increase with globalization. This course will teach you how to identify, combat and investigate conflicts of interest that arise in businesses and government agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to perform risk assessments for conflicts of interest  
  • Different types of conflict scenarios 
  • Elements of effective conflict-of-interest training and policies 
  • How to properly collect and handle evidence 
  • Proper interview techniques in conflict-of-interest investigations 
  • Factors that cause individuals to make unethical choices



You Will Learn How To:

Relate basic aspects of conflicts of interest

Recognize reasons why people commit conflicts of interest, and recall common factors that hinder ethical decisions

Identify the legal elements of breach of fiduciary duty claims

Recognize common conflict scenarios

Recall and compare the different components needed to establish a program reasonably designed to prevent, detect, and remediate conflicts of interest

Ascertain the technical knowledge required to develop and perform conflict-of-interest risk assessments

Identify the essential components of a conflicts-of-interest policy

Identify the elements of an effective conflict-of-interest training program

Recognize the key aspects of gifts and entertainment guidelines

Determine which approaches to incorporate when conducting investigations of suspected conflicts of interest

Select appropriate procedures for collecting and handling evidence so that courts will accept it

Determine effective ways to coordinate and execute interviews in conflict-of-interest investigations

Identify and deal with challenges that often arise when addressing conflicts of interest across multiple cultures

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction to Conflicts of Interest
Lesson 2 Why Do People Engage in Conflicts of Interest?
Lesson 3 Legal Elements of Conflicts of Interest
Lesson 4 Typical Conflicts of Interest
Lesson 5 Conflict-of-Interest Programs
Lesson 6 Conflict-of-Interest Risk Assessments
Lesson 7 Conflict-of-Interest Policy
Lesson 8 Conflict-of-Interest Training
Lesson 9 Gifts and Entertainment Guidelines
Lesson 10 Investigating Conflicts of Interest
Lesson 11 Obtaining Evidence in Conflict Investigations
Lesson 12 Interviews in Conflict Investigations
Lesson 13 Global Issues Involving Conflicts of Interest

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 6
NASBA Information: Auditing
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: April 2023
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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