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(New York, New York, May 1, 2020)

Today, IFAC  published a ‘Practice Transformation Action Plan – A Roadmap to the Future’ (the Plan), which covers four key focus areas for small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs):

  • Embrace Change
  • Leverage Technology
  • Focus on Talent Management
  • Evolve the Firm Operating Model and Build Advisory Services
The Covid-19 pandemic is an accelerator for the adoption of technology. Many firms are now operating virtually and supporting employees through flexible work arrangements. These extraordinary circumstances also offer practitioners significant opportunities to adapt and service a rapidly changing world. As trusted business advisers, they are best positioned to provide clients with a range of services to help navigate these difficult and uncertain times.

SMPs may still be in a ‘fire-fighting’ phase but want to be proactive and ready to adapt to radical and unplanned changes. Effective transformation requires strong leadership, new approaches to training and continued learning, and an emphasis on providing relevant, value-added services.

The Plan was developed with advice and guidance from the IFAC SMP Committee and recognizes that every firm will be different. The actions taken will need to be tailored to each firm’s circumstances and objectives to be successful.

We’ve created a dedicated ‘practice transformation’ web page, featuring case studies, examples of how Member Organizations are supporting their firms to innovate and evolve, as well as additional tools and resources.

Now is the time for practitioners to lead and become part of the solution for their clients and for their own future as we enter a whole new world.

Jennifer DiClerico
Head of Communications

Prepared by IFAC's Communications Department. Contact communications@ifac.org for further information.
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