Singapore as an Accountancy Hub – A Porter's Diamond Perspective

International Journal of Business Competition and Growth, Vol. 4(1/2): 44-56, 2015

13 Pages Posted: 5 May 2015 Last revised: 11 Nov 2016

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Boon Seng Tan

University of Otago - School of Business

Yew Kee Ho

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Accounting

Date Written: May 4, 2015

Abstract

Using the framework of the Porter’s Diamond, we examine the Committee to Develop the Accountancy Sector (CDAS) report, which outlines the vision for Singapore to be a leading accountancy hub. The application of the Porter’s framework provides clarity on the connectivity of the strategic thrusts for strategy formulations and implementations. There are two strategic thrusts which address the levers for strategy formulation and one strategic thrust which addresses the levers for strategy implementation. The analysis shows that Singapore is strong in almost all four attributes of the Porter’s Diamond. The CDAS report is an important policy blueprint to enhance these attributes via suitable strategic levers. It is an open question if the targeted GDP share outlined in the report will be achieved, but the framework shows that Singapore has strong fundamentals in becoming the accountancy hub in the region over the long run. This paper contributes to the literature on economic growth and competitiveness by examining a case where industrial policy can be guided by a framework of competitiveness.

Keywords: Accountancy Hub; Porter Diamond; Committee to Develop the Accountancy Sector; Sector Competitiveness; Industry Policy

JEL Classification: L53, L88

Suggested Citation

Tan, Boon Seng and Ho, Yew-Kee, Singapore as an Accountancy Hub – A Porter's Diamond Perspective (May 4, 2015). International Journal of Business Competition and Growth, Vol. 4(1/2): 44-56, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2602628

Boon Seng Tan (Contact Author)

University of Otago - School of Business ( email )

Dunedin
New Zealand

Yew-Kee Ho

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Accounting ( email )

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