Book Launch: The Big Four

Melbourne Business School
200 Leicester Street
Carlton, VIC 3053


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Ayman Shash

The Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation invites you to a conversation with Professor Ian Gow and Dr Stuart Kells at the launch of their book The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of the Global Accounting Monopoly.

The discussion will run from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Attendees are welcome to continue the conversation with the authors over drinks and canap├ęs served from 6:30pm.

Across the globe, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG – are massively influential. Together, they earn more than US$100 billion annually and employ almost one million people. In many profound ways, they have changed how we work, how we manage, how we invest and how we are governed.

Stretching back centuries, their history is a fascinating story of wealth, power and luck. But today, the Big Four face an uncertain future – thanks to their push into China; their vulnerability to digital disruption and competition; and the hazards of providing traditional services in a new era of transparency.

Both colourful and authoritative, this account of the past, present and likely future of the Big Four is essential reading for anyone perplexed or fascinated by professional services, working in the industry, or contemplating joining a professional services firm.

Books can be purchased and signed at the event.