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Perspectives from mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK on the development of China’s auditing firms: implications and a research agenda

Macve, Richard (2020) Perspectives from mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK on the development of China’s auditing firms: implications and a research agenda. Accounting and Business Research. ISSN 0001-4788

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00014788.2020.1736494

Abstract

Based on gaining privileged access to interview senior representatives of audit firms, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, universities and other organisations in mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK, this exploratory study presents a range of informed views about the rapid development of China’s auditing profession over the last 25 years. It explores the emerging roles of the firms in the 2nd-tier international networks and among the larger stand-alone firms as challengers to the Big 4, nationally and internationally. It identifies national and international institutional interactions that have shaped and are being shaped by this rapid growth, with particular reference to the overarching role of the State’s shifting strategies to create a domestic profession in China that can compete internationally. The potential consequences, given China’s unequalled size and its expanding global influence, could change the nature and structure of the global profession. A significant contribution of this exploratory empirical study has been to deconstruct the continuing conventional political and academic rhetoric that dichotomises firms into ‘foreign vs local’ and ‘Big 4 vs other’. It contributes new voices and alternative perspectives to the emerging literature on the glocalization of large professional services firms and suggests new opportunities for future auditing research.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rabr20/current
Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 11:15
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 11:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103576

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