Faye Chua, February 2013. This report outlines the US-relevant findings from a global survey
conducted in 2012 by ACCA and IMA across their membership on
drivers of change for the accountancy profession. It presents the
US’s key drivers of change in the short, medium and long term for
a variety of businesses. By identifying and exploring emerging
trends, it can help accountants and business leaders prepare for
an uncertain tomorrow.
Faye Chua, February 2013. This report outlines the Asia-Pacific-relevant findings from a
global survey conducted in 2012 by ACCA and IMA across their
membership on drivers of change for the accountancy profession.
It presents Asia-Pacific’s key drivers of change in the short,
medium and long term for a variety of businesses. By identifying
and exploring emerging trends, it can help accountants and
business leaders prepare for an uncertain tomorrow.
Putting investors at the heart of the financial system
ACCA and Grant Thornton, April 2012. This report presents insights from a discussion among a group of global investors. It explores the views of investors and investor representatives in relation to existing global financial and accounting standards, and their opinions on the direction of change, and the opportunities and challenges facing investors. It also addresses how investors can be more central to the process of change.
The reality of risk: culture, behaviour and the role of accountants
Matthew Leitch, January 2012. The reality of risk is that most is managed through everyday management activities, not separate activities focused on lists of risks. Accountants play a key role in helping people manage risk well. The survey described in this report explored the risk-related practices used by accountants, their willingness to use more, and the dysfunctional behaviours that can undermine management of risk. The results reveal an opportunity to improve the way risk is managed by focusing on how core management activities are done and the support provided by accountants.
Rules for risk management: culture, behaviour and the role of accountants
ACCA, January 2012. The problem of risk and the question of how not to fall victim to it are probably more topical than ever before. To a great extent, anyone and everyone in an organisation is, or should be, a risk manager. This report looks at how accountants in a wide range of roles contribute to managing risk as part of their normal work. It also looks at management accounting, financial forecasting, internal reporting and other disciplines that support decision-making and explores their importance as components of an integrated risk management approach.
ACCA’s series of Friday Forums addresses sustainability issues relevant to the business community. On 1 April 2011 ACCA focused on the value of biodiversity to the ecosystems which global human communities, businesses and non-human species critically rely, and on the role that accountants can play in assessing this value. The key points raised at the event are summarised in this paper.
Today’s telecoms technology can do more than simply save time and money. Alongside computers, telecoms form the backbone of an efficient business. The technology allows you to talk, leave messages, hold conference calls, use the internet and handle large volumes of inbound or outbound communication quickly and professionally. You can do more and sell more, yet keep your costs down.
Your business data is one of your most important assets. The information you store includes your customer database, marketing materials, financial records - including, probably, your customers’ banking details, staff details and more. How would your business cope if you lost all this information?
Your IT system, and the information it holds, is valuable. There is a security risk in simply using a computer to process business data. Once connected to the internet, that risk increases significantly. However, with some key precautions, you can keep that data safe.
Laptop computers, mobile phones and other technologies mean that some businesses do not need a physical ‘place of work’ for their employees. Even if you are not ready to do away with company premises altogether, remote working can still help your business become more efficient.