Degree Name

Master of Accountancy by Research


School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Commerce


MetaCapitalism is publicly introduced by the consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2000 as a methodology that assists firms in becoming more efficient by means of decapitalisation, downsizing and innovation in value-added communities. However, can MetaCapitalism contribute to our understanding of market performance, especially in view of the current credit crisis? Hence, the Australian telecommunications sector is chosen for a primary test regarding the effects of MetaCapitalism on company’s market performance. The relevant data is collected from 1989 to 2007. MetaCapitalism strategy is measured by six indices as the change of total assets (TA), property, plant and equipment (PP&E), net working capital (NWC) the percentage of PP&E/TA, NWC/TA and (PP&E+NWC)/TA from one period to the next. Share price is adopted as the market performance indicator underlining the efficient market paradigm. The key findings show that the Australian telecom companies have been following the strategy since 1989 especially notable is that there are large scale decapitalisations during the year 2000. All six MetaCapitalism indices demonstrate frequent fluctuations during the 18-year period. Key conclusions are that even though decreasing PP&E at certain level may have a positive impact on market performance especially for large scale companies, TA and NWC are of vital importance to telecom companies. Another important finding is that the empirical result proves the reflexivity of the stock market, where its cognitive function and manipulative function demonstrate different perceptions of the MetaCapitalism efficiency changes. In conclusion, the empirical results revealed strong evidence against the MetaCaptalism assumptions proposed by PwC.

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