Leadership (A)

Culture and configuration
This article focuses on preparing and evaluating a cultural web of an organisation, and the importance of organisational structure and configuration.

Ethical decision making
This article looks at two of the main decision-making frameworks.

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Governance (B)

All about stakeholders – part 1
Part 1 introduces the idea of stakeholders and stakeholding, and an explanation of the different ways in which stakeholders are categorised.

All about stakeholders – part 2
Part 2 then goes on to focus on stakeholders and stakeholding by looking at a number of different stakeholder groups

Corporate governance from the inside out
This article explains that effective corporate governance has both internal and external drivers. Although directors and managers of companies may have little influence over the external regulatory framework, they can and must play their part in ensuring effective internal governance and compliance from deep within their own organisations

Diversifying the board – a step towards better governance
Introduces the concept of board diversity and how it may benefit the organisation, followed by a discussion on the possible costs of board diversity. It concludes with a comment on the current regulatory initiatives of board diversity.

Independence as a concept in corporate governance
We explore the theory of independence, and discuss why it is vital in many contexts relating to corporate governance and professional behaviour.

Public sector governance
This topic is covered in section B6 of the Strategic Business Leader syllabus. The purpose of this article is to introduce this topic and give some pointers as to what the important themes are in terms of teaching and learning.

The integrated report framework
In 2013, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) released a framework for integrated reporting. The framework establishes principles and concepts that govern the overall content of an integrated report.

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Strategy (C)

The strategic planning process – part 1 
The strategic planning process – part 2
These articles focus on applying your knowledge of management and strategy to a scenario situation. Part 1 considers the complexities of strategic planning and how they can be broken down into three main areas. Part 2 adopts a similar simplification approach to the issues of strategic choice and strategic implementation.

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Risk (D)

COSO's enterprise risk management
This article examines the guidance published by the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations (COSO).

Strategic and operational risks
Examining the risks in terms of their potential impact and probability of occurrence

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Technology and data analytics (E)

Getting connected to the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about connections. The number of objects and devices being IoT-enabled by connected sensors, processors and transmitters has greatly increased.

Applying big data and data analytics in Strategic Business Leader
The article provides an overview of big data and what it is and its characteristics. It then explains data analytics and what types of analytics can be of most use to business leaders. The article will also look at some examples of how using big data and data analytics can improve business performance, focusing on aspects such as being sceptical about the use of data and, most importantly, how important it is to use data ethically, responsibly and securely to minimise reputational and financial risk

E-commerce
This article discusses business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce and benefits for business, as well as the social and employment costs involved.

 

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Organisational control and audit (F)

Internal audit
Internal audit – the control of controls – can feature as a key part of the corporate governance framework of an organisation, and can be viewed as a high level control in response to risk or by considering the detailed work required of internal audit.

Risk and environmental auditing
Risk auditing and social and environmental auditing are widely adopted and are increasingly being employed by organisations to increase investor confidence and respond to other stakeholder demands

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Innovation, performance excellence and change management (H)

Job design
This article focuses on how we might re-structure people's jobs as a result of making a process more effective. The origins of the concept of job design – beginning with the work of Frederick Taylor in the early 20th century – through to the job redesign movement of the 1960s and 1970s are referenced. The article concludes with a brief consideration of the ethical issues that can arise from job design.

Performance appraisal
Performance appraisal requires good interpretation and a good understanding of what the information means in the context of the question.

Performance indicators
Both Strategic Business Leader and Advanced Performance Management exams require candidates to be able to establish key performance indicators and critical success factors.

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