Reaching key financial reporting decisions: how directors and auditors interact

V. Beattie, Tony Hines, Stella Fearnley

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    Public discussion of corporate reporting and auditing is frustrated by the fact that directors and auditors debate issues and take decisions in private. The need to respect confidentiality means that policy makers and the public find insiders′ accounts of what happens bland and unconvincing. The resulting lack of public information is particularly dangerous at the present time when the financial crisis is prompting questions about whether new regulation is called for. Through this book, Beattie, Fearnley and Hines provide a way forward by presenting case studies that tell the reporting and auditing stories of 9 companies based on interviews with their finance directors, audit committee chairs and lead auditors. This research should be required reading for anybody who has ever wondered whether to trust what companies report. And even those who are directly involved in reporting decisions will find insights that challenge them to raise their game.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationChichester
    Number of pages384
    ISBN (Print)9780470748749
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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