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To help a company push past a performance plateau, achieve growth goals, or gain a competitive advantage, consider a business process assessment. It may sound daunting, but it truly helps organizations take stock of their structure, staffing, and systems. This blog explains scenarios where a business process assessment is needed the most, what the process looks like, and what benefits can result.
We can spend hours – or even days – in our email inboxes, feeling busy but having little to show for our efforts. Instead of planning our work, we react in a chaotic, ad hoc manner that is dictated by the flow of email. But you can bring order to this chaos. Find out how as this blog reviews Cal Newport's A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload.
Too often, organizations develop their business processes to conform with the technical limitations of their enterprise resource planning system. The self-limiting is then repeated when an incumbent system is replaced with a new system that is deemed "equivalent" rather than one that is more efficient and effective. This problem can be avoided if the organization pursues a digital transformation with an overarching view of desired outcomes that can be supported by technology.
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Valuation is critical when preparing for a business transition, whether it’s an acquisition by an outside party or a transfer of ownership to a family member or key employee. Valuation is a broad and subjective concept, and critical factors can be interpreted differently. This can lead to a disparity in valuation opinions. As such, it is important to start the valuation process with a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts.
Sustainability reporting, or social accountability as it is sometimes called, is receiving increased attention. It has been defined as encouraging companies to go beyond their legal responsibilities to invest in and improve their human capital, physical environment, and relations with diverse stakeholders. In this column, we look at the importance of social accountability in the minds of corporate leaders, review the research that investigates the performance of companies that embrace sustainability reporting, and discuss disclosure frameworks.
In this podcast, Steven G. Blum, CPA, CFE, principal with Control Risks Group in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal Editorial Board, previews his feature from the summer 2021 Pennsylvania CPA Journal. Blum offers tips for helping companies manage thorough whistleblower investigations, including having an established process in place and effectively responding to allegations.
In a preview of his presentation at the March 18-19 PICPA CFOs and Controllers Conference, “CFO Whisperer” David Axson, a CFO strategist and adviser, joins us to discuss the role of the organizational advisor. We also touch on how COVID-19 has shaped the function as well as the future for finance professionals.