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The Power and the Glory of Big 4: A Research Note on Independence and Competence in the Context of IFRS Implementation

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  • Catalin Nicolae ALBU

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  • Nadia ALBU

    (The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Szilveszter FEKETE PALI-PISTA
  • Dan CUZDRIOREAN VLADU

    (Babe┬║-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Abstract

One of the major roles in promoting accounting convergence is played by big accounting firms (Big 4). The objective of this paper is in this context to analyze and question the role of big auditing firms in developing and implementing IFRSs worldwide, in order to better understand the convergence process. This is a research note intended to contribute to the debate on the role of auditors in general and in the context of IFRSs application in particular, to raise some questions and to identify future research directions, and to invite to reconsider the hidden aspects (both positive and negative) of apparently simple issues. We identify some questions to be addressed in the future regarding the competence of Big 4 in IFRSs, the relationship with their clients issued from this well-known competency and the associated issues of independence.

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  • Catalin Nicolae ALBU & Nadia ALBU & Szilveszter FEKETE PALI-PISTA & Dan CUZDRIOREAN VLADU, 2011. "The Power and the Glory of Big 4: A Research Note on Independence and Competence in the Context of IFRS Implementation," Journal of Accounting and Management Information Systems, Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, vol. 10(1), pages 43-54, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ami:journl:v:10:y:2011:i:1:p:43-54
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    1. Anisoara Apetri & Camelia Mihalciuc & Oana Iuliana Mihai, 2015. "The Legal Framework For The Implementation Of Ifrs And Their Implications In The Banking System From Romania," Risk in Contemporary Economy, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, pages 279-288.
    2. Raluca Gina Guse & Alina Almasan & Cristina Circa & Madalina Dumitru, 2016. "The Role of the Stakeholders in the Institutionalization of the CSR Reporting In Romania," Journal of Accounting and Management Information Systems, Faculty of Accounting and Management Information Systems, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, pages 304-340.
    3. Alon, Anna & Dwyer, Peggy D., 2016. "SEC's acceptance of IFRS-based financial reporting: An examination based in institutional theory," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 1-16.

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    Keywords

    Big 4; IFRS; independence; competence;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • M42 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Auditing
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law

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