Strategic Alliances within a Big-Six Accounting Firm: A Case Study

International Studies of Management & Organization, 1996, 26, 2, pp. 59-79

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-134

Posted: 26 May 2013 Last revised: 27 Jun 2013

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David J. Cooper

University of Alberta - Department of Accounting, Operations & Information Systems

C. R. Hinings

Independent

Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

John L. Brown

University of Alberta

Date Written: June 1, 1995

Abstract

Looks at how one large international accounting organization, discussed under a pseudonym, has responded to competition on a global scale, focusing on its organizational structure and alliance strategies. Offers a review of recent research which examines strategic alliances and joint ventures. Provides background to the organizational structure of large multinational accounting firms, suggesting that in many cases they operate as alliances of national firms rather than as single, centrally controlled entities. Shows how the accounting firm in question has adapted to increasingly competitive international markets by strengthening and formalizing what were previously loose alliance structures and by centralizing decision-making mechanisms. Contends that the new structures adopted by the accounting conform to Hedlund's 'N-form' model of organizational structure.

Keywords: Accounting Industry, Alliances, Globalization, International Trade, Organizational Structure, Service Industries

Suggested Citation

Cooper, David J. and Hinings, C. R. and Greenwood, Royston and Brown, John L., Strategic Alliances within a Big-Six Accounting Firm: A Case Study (June 1, 1995). International Studies of Management & Organization, 1996, 26, 2, pp. 59-79 , University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-134, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2269905

David J. Cooper (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Accounting, Operations & Information Systems ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

C. R. Hinings

Independent

Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

John L. Brown

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

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