Publications and Presentations


The Auditor: Quo Vadis?

The audit profession is at a tipping point. Without significant innovation in its business model, staff recruitment strategies and audit execution processes, the audit profession may not remain relevant in the 21st century.

The number of claims against auditors has significantly increased over the past twenty years due to the spate of corporate and audit failures early in the 21st century (Enron, Worldcom, Parmalat, etc.). Regulation to monitor professional and ethical standards has increased, leading audit firms to feel under even more financial pressure.

In addition, the investor community is calling for greater insight and foresight from auditors. These challenges, coupled with the unlimited liability regime of auditors still applicable in many jurisdictions, are making audit firms and regulators nervous as to the systemic risk of another one of the Big 4 failing.

And yet, the audit profession is in place to protect businesses, their wider stakeholder groups, including clients and investors, and society at large. Therefore, this book asks the important question about the profession’s future and engages a broad readership in the discussion of audit failure and reform.

Intended to help readers to get up to speed with the issues and possible solutions quickly, this book assists directors, investors, business people and regulators, especially those with a non-financial background, to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and threats being faced by the audit profession, which in turn could disrupt the capital market and affect businesses across the globe.

The book outlines the critical success factors needed for a sustainable audit profession.

Publication date: 2018
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Integrate: Doing Business in the 21st Century

Integrate is an easy read guide for people in business about the new way of thinking in running a company today. Businesses, large and small, have the same issues to contend with: greater expectations of their stakeholders, rising consumer power in the digital information age, environmental constraints, economic uncertainty in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, and social uncertainty on rising income inequality. Doing business today is quite different from the past. Different corporate tools are needed.

One of the four corporate tools for today’s business is integrated thinking. This extends strategy and daily management beyond the pure financial to encompass the social and environmental factors that deeply affect a company’s future viability in the 21st century. Integrated thinking leads to another tool – the integrated report. This tells the company’s story of how it creates value and how it can create value in the future. The global financial
crisis showed that a more understandable and holistic form of company reporting is crucially needed.

This book offers practical guidance on integrated thinking and the integrated report.

Publisher: Juta
Publication date: 2013
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Edited by Richard Steyn, former editor of The Star, and endorsed by the Institute of Directors, the Chartered Marketing Council, the Advertising Standards Association and the Marketing Excellence Awards, the book is summed up by Dr Ivan May in his introduction: "Sponsorship SA... is a guide to optimising sponsorships and avoiding some of its costly hazards."

The book has been arranged in sections and contains articles from contributors who are recognised as experts in their specialised fields, including Prof Mervyn King SC on "Administered Mediation - King 3".

Publisher: Wag the Dog Publishers
Publication date: July 2008

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Chief Value Officer

Integrated Reporting is having a profound impact on corporate thinking and reporting. Value is being assessed on the basis of the sources of value creation used by an organisation and not through a financial lens alone.

In Chief Value Officer: Accountants Can Save the Planet, Mervyn King, a global corporate governance and reporting leader, challenges some of the systemic issues preventing organisations from managing in an integrated value-creation way. The shareholder-centric governance model, currently favoured by most companies, will not result in changes to corporate behaviour that can create value in a sustainable manner.

The book, therefore, firmly places the accountant in the position of changemaker – the finance professional today should be more of a value officer than a financial officer. Consequently, the Chief Finance Officer should be known as the Chief Value Officer.This book explains this new approach. It encapsulates the essential reasons for adopting integrated reporting, explains its application to date and proposes the next steps needed to achieve change that will improve business, social and environmental sustainability.

Publication date: 2016
Available from Takealot & Amazon.

Transcient Caretakers

You don’t have to be a scientist to see the evidence of manmade climate change. The weather is getting warmer and will heat up more as the atmosphere traps greenhouse gases emitted by combustion of petroleum, coal or gas. As informed readers know, if global warming continues at its present rate, the effects will be calamitous. Oceans will rise, submerging island nations and coastal cities. Food and fresh water will diminish. Extreme weather will be more common. Earth will become hostile to its inhabitants.

What can be done? More than you might think. Mervyn King and Teodorina Lessidrenska offer a hopeful prescription for sustainability and change, plus an important, sobering report on the challenge of global warming and its impact.

getAbstract praises their analysis and their practical advice on how people can work together to make a difference.

Click here for getabstract's book summary on "Transient Caretakers".

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781770101623
Publication date: 2009
Available from Takealot.

The Corporate Citizen

The interest in good corporate governance has grown tremendously in the past decade. Corporate scandals, environmental awareness and globalisation have all played their part in raising shareholder and public awareness in how companies should be governed.

Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
ISBN: 9780143025085
Publication date: March 2006
Available from Takealot.

Challenges of Governance in South Africa and Abroad - ICASA & Network Finance Breakfast
23 July 2008

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Text of Mervyn King’s Speech  at the 2008 Wits commerce, law and management graduation
03 April 2008

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King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa - What it means to you (report by a major SA law firm)
Courtesy: Cliffe Decker Attorneys

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