The big four : the curious past and perilous future of the global accounting monopoly / by Ian D. Gow and Stuart Kells
By: Gow, Ian D.
Contributor(s): Kells, Stuart.Publisher: Melbourne, VIC : La Trobe University Press, 2018Description: x, 260 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781863959964.Subject(s): Accounting profession | Accounting firms | Accounting history | AuditingOnline resources: Download as an eBook
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|Book||Australia||070 GOW 2018 (Browse shelf)||Available|
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|Book||New Zealand||070 BIG (Browse shelf)||Available|
INFANCY: Glory, not infamy - the Medici bank as a precursor to the Big Four -- Transported - how the Big Four began in the dangerous world of nineteenth-century accountancy -- A curious match - the remarkable founders of the Big Four. MATURITY: Mere automata - staking out the Big Four's turf -- An injudicious change - adventures and misadventures in Big Four branding -- Porn star - the culture of the Big four -- The most average guys in the room - Big Four professional values. THE DIFFICULTIES OF ADULTHOOD: Unqualified - auditing as the foundation of the Big Four brands -- Clean - the impairment of Big Four auditing -- Get ready to dance - conflicting interests in Big four taxation services -- One four ten - the big four in China. THE TWILIGHT YEARS: Disrupted - the obsolescence of Big Four technology.
Offers an in-depth account of the past, present and likely future of the Big Four. Advises they employ almost a billion people, earn over $100 billion and have changed the way we work, invest and are governed. Surveys the pressure they are under from technology, regulatory changes and competition.