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Audit market competition: auditor changes and the impact of tendering

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Audit market competition : auditor changes and the impact of tendering. / Beattie, Vivien; Fearnley, Stella.

In: British Accounting Review, Vol. 30, No. 3, 09.1998, p. 261-289.

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Beattie, V & Fearnley, S 1998, 'Audit market competition: auditor changes and the impact of tendering', British Accounting Review, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 261-289. https://doi.org/10.1006/bare.1997.0070

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Beattie, Vivien ; Fearnley, Stella. / Audit market competition : auditor changes and the impact of tendering. In: British Accounting Review. 1998 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 261-289.

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