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Finance Direction

Advancing thinking and debate

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ICAEW’s Finance Direction programme aims to help accountants in business think through the challenges and develop approaches tailored to their own unique circumstances.



What it’s all about?

CFOs and finance departments across the globe are striving to contribute more to organisational performance. This is nothing new, but achieving success in no easy task and there are no one size fits all solutions. ICAEW’s Finance Direction programme aims to help accountants in business think through the challenges and develop approaches tailored to their own unique circumstances.  We do this through a combination of research, events and providing forums for discussion. On this page you will find links to a number of resources to help you on your journey.  If you want to contribute to the discussion please email bam@icaew.com.

Main reports

How does your approach to BPM map against our framework? And what are the tensions you are likely to encounter?

How do you develop the capabilities necessary to contribute more to commercial decision making and strategy? And what if the rest of the organisation does not want input from finance? 

How does your finance function compare and how do you deal with the inherent tensions we highlight?

What can a 1963 lecture on the finance function teach us? For Shell’s Group CFO the lecture still resonates.

What do you need to think about when it comes to organisational structures and how does the finance function fit in?

 

What's new?

Robotic Process Automation in Finance

Outcomes from a meeting of finance professionals from large organisations, discussing the potential of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to benefit organisations.

How not to lose control

Rick Payne reports on an American Accounting Association discussion of management control systems.

The reality of risk

Managing risk can be a tough nut to crack, no matter what business you’re in. A panel discussion in Los Angeles, led by the Finance and Management Faculty’s Rick Payne, brought together leading business minds, who set out some ideas for dealing with risk.

Finance business partnering guide

Effective finance business partners have been around for over 50 years. The involvement of finance professionals in business decision making, strategy development and driving performance is nothing new. However, we are still asked for guidance on how finance can make a greater contribution to organisational performance.

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