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Finance Leadership & Development
Professional accountants need to respond to the continually changing expectations of their organizations, the financial markets, and society. In addition, many accountants aspire to finance leadership roles, such as chief financial officer (CFO). As a result, they must fulfill their traditional responsibilities, while increasing their support of strategic and operational decision-making. Through education, life-long learning, and development, they must acquire the right mixture of skills, experiences, and attitudes, including leadership, strategy, business, management, and interpersonal skills. Read More
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This report uses detailed case studies to present insights from leading organizations on the challenges, solutions, and opportunities for talent management in today’s global finance function.
This report discusses the future of the finance function and outlines why broad-based finance qualifications remain valuable and why businesses need finance skills and capabilities across the entire finance value chain.
The CFO Series: What Boards Should Expect from CFOs
November 1, 2013 - CPA Canada
This publication focuses on the role of CFOs and their relationship with the boards of directors.
Presents the top 10 technology trends that will have the potential to significantly reshape the business and accountancy landscape.
This Discussion Paper stimulates a global debate on preparing accountants for finance leadership roles, including the CFO. The paper features five principles that highlight the changing expectations, scope, and mandate of the CFO and finance leadership roles and recommends what action professional accountancy organizations and employers can take to prepare professional accountants for career progression to finance leadership.
Finance Transformation: A Lean Approach to Increase Value
July 1, 2013 - PwC
This report considers how a “lean approach” can help transform the back office to achieve and sustain process excellence.
This policy proposal maps out a three-stage reform process to accelerate financial discipline across the UK central government (Whitehall) and calls on politicians from all political parties to adopt certain actions.
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October 1, 2015 - Economia
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September 29, 2015 - Accounting Today
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September 29, 2015 - Quartz
- Graduate Premium Higher for Women
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