Survey: Why Did the Survivors Survive in the Big 8 in New Zealand?
26 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2008 Last revised: 17 Nov 2014
Date Written: 2002
This survey was phase one of a two-phase project, the overall aim of which is to provide an understanding of the processes of successful development, expansion or adaptation by professional services firms by surveying and interviewing partners in the "Big 8" chartered accounting firms in the 1980s. Studies of the drivers to success and the causes of the disintegration of a sector of professional service firms such as chartered accounting firms are rare. Yet it is by studying both success narratives and "extinctions" that we can understand "Why did the survivors survive"? This project is to utilise a multi-disciplinary research approach, resulting in outcomes of particular interest to organisational theorists and accounting historians. This survey gave some insights from 108 partners in the Big 8,and was followed later in 2002 with 40 oral history interveiws which informed eight research papers on this SSRN site.
Keywords: Big 8, differential survival of partnership organisation, partnership organization
JEL Classification: M50
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