1st Edition

Disruption in the Audit Market The Future of the Big Four

By Krish Bhaskar, John Flower Copyright 2019
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    Focussing on the dominance of the Big Four auditing firms – PwC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG – this concise volume provides an authoritative critical assessment of the state and future of the audit market, currently the subject of much debate and the focus of significant government enquiries. Drawing on extensive research and a vast collection of evidence from interviews with insiders, experts and users, it explores the key issues of audit quality, independence, choice and the growing expectation gap.

    Just as disruptive technologies are overturning other established sectors, this book explores their impact on accounting, financial reporting and auditing. It questions whether the Big Four-dominated audit market is prepared not only for the inevitable disruption of new technologies, but also the challenges of negative public perceptions, cynicism about regulation and demands for greater transparency.

    In the context of increasing high-profile corporate failures, this book provides a compelling scrutiny of the industry’s failings and present difficulties, and the impact of future disruption. At this crucial time, it will be of great interest to students, researchers and professionals in accounting and auditing, as well as policy makers and regulators.

    1. About this Book. 2. The Accounting and Auditing Profession. 3. The Big Four: Size and Audit Quality. 4. Disruption in External Auditing. 5. Disputes in External Auditing. 6. Audit Disruption and New Technology. 7. Disruptive Audit Structures: Splitting Up the Big Four. 8. Disruptive Audit Structures: Further Options. 9. Disruptive Audit Structures: Radical Solutions. 10. Summary and Conclusions. GLOSSARY.


    Krish Bhaskar was founding Professor of Accounting at the University of East Anglia, UK and previously held positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol. He is the author of over 50 books and has also worked extensively in the IT, consulting, investment banking, automotive and forecasting sectors.

    John Flower, now retired, was formerly Professor of Accounting at the University of Bristol and Director of the Centre for Research in European Accounting, Brussels.

    Rod Sellers, OBE, FCA, has spent almost 50 years in senior financial and corporate roles in industry.