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Special reports archive

Past editions of the Finance and Management Faculty special reports.

SR23 The value blueprint

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Companies in the UK, US and all around the world are facing unprecedented challenges in the current economic crisis. Just as it is too soon to know how deep and prolonged this downturn will be, it is also too soon to tell which companies will meet these challenges successfully and which will struggle to perform – this will only become clear over a longer timescale.

SR22 Managing talent

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Members are often telling us how their remit is constantly expanding, and human resources (HR) is one example of the kind of responsibility that often ends up in the finance director’s area. This is not always an easy fit, because we may have had limited relevant formal training.

SR21 Managing change

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Organisations change for many reasons. In the current uncertain economic climate, cost reduction may be a major driver; however; the ambition to grow revenue or to achieve other strategic aims is equally valid.

SR20 Internal control from a risk-based perspective

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This special report, which looks at internal control from a risk-based perspective, could not have come at a more fitting time. Recent events at France’s Société Générale highlight how even the largest and most highly regulated businesses can be severely compromised by the apparent failure of internal controls.

SR19 Guide to business resources part 2

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Last month, in part one of our Guide to Business Resources, we provided you with a summary of the best faculty and Institute services available as part of your membership. This month, in part two, we set out a topic listing of both faculty and external resources to act as an index when you need to know more about a specific subject.

SR18 Guide to business resources part 1

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When you are a professional accountant in business your information needs are never consistent or predictable. During one quarter you might be focusing on financial reporting and so may only need your trusty financial reporting manual to hand, but at other times during the year your remit will be more diverse.

SR17 Financial modelling

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Spreadsheet-based financial models are widely used to support key processes and decision-making in all sizes of business.

SR16 Managing teams

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While our professional training equips us with the technical knowledge needed, there are some skills that can only be acquired through experience – and the ability to manage teams is one of the most important of these.

SR15 Unlocking overhead value

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Much current thinking rightly advocates the finance director (FD) as a business partner, focusing on driving forward the strategic objectives of the business. However, while taking on this demanding role, the FD or financial controller will still need to keep a firm hand on the finances.

SR14 Pensions - the role of finance

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Article by James Purnell, the pensions reform minister Interview with David Norgrove, chairman of the Pensions Regulator. Trends in pension scheme design, Resolving trustee conflicts, Members’ concerns – survey results, Controlling administration Overview ● The HR issues ● Accounting ● Updates ● Further reading

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