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To help improve the management and operational efficiency of practices, especially small- and medium-sized accountancy practices (SMPs), this area is intended to help those managing practices to address opportunities and challenges; improve their competitiveness, profitability, and sustainability; enhance their expertise, competence, and efficiency; create an environment conducive to the provision of high-quality services; and showcase global best practices and latest practice management techniques. Read More
New research by futurist Dr. James Canton highlights the relentless pace of change and disruption in business and accounting, and the steps accounting firms need to take to ready themselves for a future shaped by constant innovation and disruption. Read More
Imagine Tomorrow: A New World for Accountants–Part One: Your Visions
by Dr. James Canton, CEO and Chairman, Institute for Global Futures | May 4, 2015 |
Dr. James Canton, CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, discusses the future of accountants and the need to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape in the first of a five-part Gateway series. Read More
SME Acquisitions and the Added Value of a Registered Auditor
by Daniel Kroes, President, of the Belgian institute of Registered Auditors; Audit Partner, Deloitte Bedrijfsrevisoren | April 20, 2015 |
Hiring a registered auditor when acquiring an SME can help to reduce obstacles and increase the success of the acquisition, according to recent insights from the Belgian Institute of Registered Auditors (IBR-IRE) Congress, “Acquisitions (Transfer and Takeover) of SMEs: Approach, Risks, and Valuation.” Read More
The 2014 IFAC Global SMP Survey found a number of challenges facing SMPs and their SME clients, and highlighted key factors in the rapidly changing business environment to which accountants will need to adapt. Read More
Quality Control in Accounting Practices—What Are the Specific Issues?
by Christopher Arnold, Technical Manager SME & SMP Affairs, IFAC and Sara Ashton, Senior Technical Manager, IAASB | March 19, 2015 |
The IAASB has issued a survey to inform the scoping of its quality control project, specifically with respect to issues encountered by small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs) in complying with the requirements of ISQC 1 and ISA 220. Read More
- Guide to Practice Management for Small- and Medium-Sized Practices, Third Edition
December 13, 2012 - IFAC