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Defining your company’s approach to business

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Articles and features

Key concerns for CFOs

Following the recent roundtable on strategy execution, Rick Payne takes a look at the key concerns for CFOs.


Developing a vision for your business

This special report looks at what makes a good vision, the benefits of having one, the role of the FD in the process, leadership, storytelling and the use of visions in medium-sized businesses.

Strategy tools


Ensure your strategy takes into account the political, economic, societal, technological, environmental and legal context.


The European Foundation for Quality Management approach to achieving excellence.


Mergers and acquisitions: business strategies for accountants

Introduction to M&A from an American accounting perspective.

Financial Times guide to strategy: how to create and deliver a winning strategy

Introduction to creating, delivering and understanding successful strategy.

Retention strategies

This title provides guidance on combining human resource management with business strategy. This section looks at strategies for retention of key employees and reducing levels of staff turnover. This involves analysing the reasons why staff stay or leave and responding to them.

Reward strategy

This title provides guidance on combining human resource management with business strategy. This chapter looks at the definition and need for a reward strategy, the characteristics, structure and content of the strategy, the guiding principles, developing a strategy and what makes an effective strategy.

Industry press

Calculation and creativity in corporate strategy

Developing a corporate strategy requires a dose of creativity in addition to thoughtful analysis.

How to create a strategy for the digital age

The article discusses the best practices which are to be considered by information technology leaders like chief information officers (CIOs) for creating a business strategy in the modern world which is governed by digital technology. Topics discussed include leadership team collaboration, formulating organic strategies and talent development by assessing customer requirements

Why digital strategies fail

The article discusses the reasons why digital transformation strategies do not reflect how digital is changing economic fundamentals, industry dynamics, or what it means to compete. Topics mentioned include the estimated number of digital devices that are expected to be connected by 2025, the concept of economic rent in microeconomics, and the negative effects of digital competition on a company's growth in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.

The integration of ERM and strategy: Implications for corporate governance

Interviews with 15 enterprise risk management (ERM) champions who provide insights on how far the ERM process is integrated with the strategic-planning processes of their firms.

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