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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
Contents:
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.
Summary: 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.
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Book Book Australia
070 GOW 2018 (Browse shelf) Available CA010010
EBook EBook International
ProQuest eBook (Browse shelf) Link to resource eBook Available as an ebook here
Book Book New Zealand
070 BIG (Browse shelf) Available CA013190
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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.

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