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Business Ecosystems: A Guide

The term ecosystem is regularly bandied about in business conversations. But what does it mean and is it a useful metaphor for improving business performance?

The CFO and Strategy

Our first report explores the nature of strategy, particularly how CFOs balance planning and opportunism. We then consider the various aspects of the CFO's role in strategy.

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.


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Exploring strategy

This book has long been the essential strategy text for managers of today and tomorrow. From entrepreneurial start-ups to multinationals, charities to government agencies, this book raises the big questions about organisations- how they grow, how they innovate and how they change.

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.

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Industry press

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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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