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Big 4

 
#1 Big 4
19/02/2008 09:56

Mr Biggy

Why does everyone talk about the "Big 4" as if to imply that they're the "Top 4" or "Best 4" or something? They're just big accountancy firms. Many IT firms with consultancy offerings are far bigger, but they don't get called the "Big 4" even though the "consultancy" they do is just as valid as the "consultancy" the "Big 4" do. So what's the thinking behind this emotive expression?

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#2 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 10:30

anon to Mr Biggy (#1)

Shorthand

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#3 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 11:00

chillpill to Mr Biggy (#1)

easy son. Its just a name. Do you think the 'Magic Circle' of law firms are really magical? Its just a way to group similar companies. Chill out, I'm sure that accenture or IBM or whoever you work for are just as good. Well, not quite as good. But close.

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#4 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 11:18

K to chillpill (#3)

Because they are the 4 biggest accountancy firms. Probably the top ones too globally.

It's just their historical grouping - like Ivy League or Magical circle as mentioned.

Don't get upset, I'm sure IBM / ACN are the Big 2 of the Middle grade, large SIs in some places! ;0)

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#5 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 11:19

Please Note to chillpill (#3)

They're the big 4 accounting firms, not the big 4 consulting firms. That's what MBBB represents.

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#6 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 11:22

anon to Please Note (#5)

FYI people regularly are referring to Acn when talking about Big 4 firms in relation to consulting and they aren't necessarily worse than the bean counters in terms of prestige or whatever.

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#7 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 11:26

anon to anon (#6)

I think the "Big 4" accounting firms are getting more prestige than they deserve. People seem to be thinking that they're at the top of the consulting hierarchy, when in fact they're just big accountancy firms.

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#8 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 11:46

question to anon (#6)

are the buildings in the Ivy league universities actually covered in ivy?

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#9 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 11:48

anon to question (#8)

Good point.

However, in the spirit of what the term is trying to imply, I think that from now on I will refer to them as the "Magnificent 4".

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#10 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 12:43

bob to anon (#9)

I thought it was the Fat Four.

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#11 RE: Big 4
19/02/2008 14:03

K to bob (#10)

Fat Four are the guys who run them. Aren't they the Advisory Four to their lawyers and the Consulting Four to their clients??

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