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  • The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of the Global Accounting Monopoly

  • By: Ian D. Gow, Stuart Kells
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
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With staffs that are collectively larger than the Russian army and combined revenues of over $130 billion a year, the Big Four accounting firms - Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG - are a keystone of global commerce. But leading scholar Ian Gow and award-winning author Stuart Kells warn that a house of cards may be about to fall. This account of the past, present, and likely future of the Big Four is essential listening for anyone perplexed or fascinated by professional services. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book especially if you are an outsider

  • By Mr. Smart on 08-02-18

Prior employee from a big four firm

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Reviewed: 12-26-18

Overall I thought the book was well write and shared a lot of the history of how the big four developed. Certain parts of the book reminded me a lot of the book moral mazes and how bureaucratic ethics really take effect within the big four and how partners have to act and who rises to the top of the company. Some of the stories they provide about staff level and seniors associates are completely true. If the authors really wanted too they could of gone even deeper and share some of the unusual things that go on within the auditing world...

While I do not fully agree with their conclusion that the big four business auditing model will fail due to the raise of automation and new technologies. They provide a good argument to what could possibly happened. If you are an ex big four employee it is a good book to read.