Monocle Quarterly Journal Articles

June 25
In a country as fractured as South Africa, in which persistent inequality and the tentacles of corruption have reached deep into the organs of the state, the hope until recently had always been that b...
June 24
There are some very disturbing similarities between KPMG, Bell Pottinger and McKinsey. All three are accused of profiting from either illegal – or at the very least unconscionable – business practices...
June 24
When Sunday Times, on the 15th of October 2017, reported that Mzilikazi wa Afrika, one of their investigative journalists, had received a death threat from Diogo Mateus whilst enquiring about ZAR 1.2 ...
June 24
The most infamous management consultant of all time will most likely forever remain Edward Snowden, who leaked probably the largest volume of US secrets ever whilst working at the National Security Ag...
June 24
In 2009, it emerged that two McKinsey consultants, one very senior executive, Anil Kumar, and the other the then recently retired ex-global CEO of the firm, Rajat Gupta (no relation to the Saxonwold b...
June 24
Duff McDonald’s biography of McKinsey, The Firm, whilst remaining relatively neutral, demonstrates to a large degree the positive influence McKinsey has had on corporate America over the past 90 years...
June 24
It is deeply distressing that the actions of a few partners and associates at KPMG will lead to a significant loss of confidence in the profession as a whole. In auditing the Gupta-owned Linkway and O...
June 24
There is somewhat of a romantic notion that tends to persist in our collective imaginations of what an investigative journalist looks like. He or she will need to be informally dressed, working tirele...
June 24
It is sobering and deeply unappealing to conclude that despite any crime committed within the Big Four audit fraternity – irrespective of the impact or severity of the crime – it is, as argued above, ...
June 24
After all, the argument goes, if such activity could take place in South Africa, affecting the very fabric of an emerging market society, then what is to prevent such activity taking place in other co...
June 24
An example of the extent to which audit firms have had a certain disproportionate degree of influence not only over their banking clients, but also over the regulators, is something that is known in t...
June 24
At the precise moment when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were about to announce the winner for Best Picture at the 89th Oscars ceremony this year, two PwC representatives were experiencing probably t...
June 24
It is essential – in contemplating how it was possible for the KPMG SARS report to be written, accepted and proliferated in an apparently highly regulated industry – to fully understand the extent to ...
June 24
It is a basic fact of western civilization that one should be able to trust the accounts published by a firm, since they have undergone an independent audit. The auditor’s job is to dispassionately pr...
June 24
It has been taught for the past forty years, as just one example, by Harvard Business School, as the only rational pursuit of business. It was also the ideological underpinning of monetary policy purs...
June 24
It is true, not all consultants should be characterised as conniving and sycophantic. In fact, in many ways, consulting represents the highest form of expression of liberal capitalism. It is the pures...
June 23
The era of defaulting on foreign loans, hyperinflation, disruption to basic services, and extensive graft – “mordida” as it is called in Mexican slang – that had infected all layers of government, mus...
 
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