Technical articles

Technical articles

Internal controls
The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of internal control, with particular emphasis on topics relevant to Part C of the FBT syllabus. 

Mintzberg's theory on organisations
Part B of the FBT syllabus is concerned with the study of business organisation structure, functions and governance. This article focuses on the Mintzberg model, which breaks down the organisation into five generic components.

The role of marketing
FBT candidates need to have an understanding of the functions of all the main departments in a business organisation. This article focuses on and defines the role of marketing, the marketing mix, and the relationship between the marketing plan and the strategic plan.

Corporate governance: the board of directors and standing committees
This article introduces corporate governance and some of the basic concepts that underpin it, and explains the roles of the board of directors, the different types of company director and standing committees.

Communicating core values and mission 
This article focuses on the syllabus area relating to an organisation’s core values and mission to the public, shareholders and employees. This is an objective which can easily get overlooked in the rush to master environmental analyses, strategic choice and outsourcing decisions.

Introduction to microeconomics
This article provides a broad overview of the important areas of microeconomics, introducing the key principles to those who have not previously studied the topic, while offering an update to those who have.

A question of ethics
This article gives an overview of professional ethics, a vitally important aspect of the work of the accountant - and new addition to the FBT syllabus from December 2011.

Not-for-profit organisations - part 2
In the second part of two articles, we take a specific and deeper look at charities, which are one of the more important types of not-for-profit organisations.

Not-for-profit organisations - part 1
The first part of two articles broadly describes the generic characteristics of not-for-profit organisations.

Understanding the importance of appraisals
The three main purposes of appraisals.

Theories of leadership style
The main approaches to leadership.

The importance of teams
The theories of team development.

Understanding Herzberg's motivation theory
Herzberg's motivation theory explained.

Equal opportunities
An outline of the approaches for management of diversity.

Let's get motivated
An explanation of how management theories on motivation can be applied in the workplace.

Exam technique

How to prepare for on-demand computer-based exams
This article will guide you on the skills and exam techniques required in preparing for on-demand CBEs.

The structure of the Business and Technology (FBT/BT) exam
The purpose of this article is to explain the structure and the styles of question that candidates will have to answer in the (F)BT exam.

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