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Jun 25, 2010
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IFAC SMP Committee Releases Practice Management Guide
The Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) today issued the Guide to Practice Management for Small- and Medium-sized Practices, which provides guidance on how this sector can better manage their practices and ultimately operate in a safe, profitable, and professional manner.
The publication includes practice management principles and best practices on a comprehensive range of topics, including strategic planning, managing staff, client relationship management, and succession planning. It features case studies to illustrate the concepts, checklists and forms, a list of further readings, and modules that may be used for training and education. The guide was developed with CPA Australia, which was commissioned by the SMP Committee.
“This guide will help SMPs cope with an increasingly complex and competitive environment by providing them with information to help them operate with greater proficiency and professionalism,” said SMP Committee Chair Sylvie Voghel.
IFAC wishes to thank its member bodies—Consiglio Nazionale dei Dottori Commercialisti e degli Esperti Contabili and Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada—for providing some of the funding for the publication, as well as the international panel of experts who helped in its development.
The PDF print version of the guide can be downloaded free of charge from the Publications and Resources section of the IFAC website at web.ifac.org/publications/small-and-medium-practices-committee/good-practice-guidance-1. A fully interactive version with internal links to aid navigation will be available in the coming weeks.
The IFAC SMP Committee welcomes readers to visit its International Center for Small and Medium Practices (www.ifac.org/smp), which hosts a collection of relevant links to free resources from IFAC member bodies and other organizations, including a category devoted to practice management, and the SMP/SME Discussion Board, where readers may submit their views on practice management issues.
IFAC (www.ifac.org) is the global organization for the accountancy profession, dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. It is comprised of 159 members and associates in 124 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.