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An exploratory study into the accountancy firms chosen by industrial company IPOS in Australia from 1994 to 2004

Lombardi, Luisa and Dimovski, William 2007, An exploratory study into the accountancy firms chosen by industrial company IPOS in Australia from 1994 to 2004, in BAI 2007 : Proceedings of Business and Information Volume 4, Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research, Taiwan.

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Title An exploratory study into the accountancy firms chosen by industrial company IPOS in Australia from 1994 to 2004
Author(s) Lombardi, Luisa
Dimovski, William
Conference name International Conference on Business and Information (2007 : Tokyo, Japan)
Conference location Tokyo, Japan
Conference dates 10-13 July 2007
Title of proceedings BAI 2007 : Proceedings of Business and Information Volume 4
Publication date 2007
Publisher Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research
Place of publication Taiwan
Keyword(s) initial public offering
independent accountant
global industry classification standard
Summary This study is an exploration into the choice of independent accountants made by industrial initial public offering (IPO) companies in Australia between the years 1994 to 2004. The aim of this research is to determine which companies are more likely to use one of the Top 5 accountancy firms and in so doing we seek to offer some insight into understanding the likelihood of IPO companies adopting the services of the big accounting firms. Our findings show, as predicted, that the majority of industrial IPO companies, and particularly the larger companies, used one of the Top 5 accountancy firms as their independent accountant. However, unexpected was that certain industry types were less likely to hire a Top 5 accounting firm for their independent accounting services compared to other industry categories. Our studies also found that after the year 2000 a smaller percentage of companies used independent accountants than between 1994 and 1999. Many factors contribute to the selection of an independent accountant and this paper provides some understanding of identified factors and the influence that they have over the choice of independent accountants by industrial company IPOs.
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ISSN 1729-9322
Language eng
Field of Research 150103 Financial Accounting
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2007, Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014939

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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