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Big Data

This report presents a balanced picture of the impact of big data on the accountancy and finance professions in the coming five to ten years by identifying specific opportunities and challenges for the accountancy and finance professions.

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Digital Darwinism

This report presents the top 10 technology trends that will have the potential to significantly reshape the business and accountancy landscape.

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LEADERSHIP

Leadership of the finance function is changing. From effective financial stewardship of the organisation, through to strategy validation and execution, effective leadership in today’s finance function requires significant breadth of skills. Access these resources to understand how the role of the CFO is changing, and the implications for developing the capabilities now needed.

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    Future pathways to finance leadership
    Our latest thinking on the changing role of finance leadership and the new career pathways that next generation CFOs will take. The rules of the game are changing for CFOs and the finance functions they lead. More regulation, greater competition, wider risk, the digitisation of businesses and consumers, and simply more complexity are shining a spotlight on how finance functions help businesses create and sustain value. ACCA’s and IMA’s newly launched report looks at how the future role of the CFO is expected to evolve, and the career experiences likely to be of most benefit to next generation CFOs.
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    The changing role of the CFO
    This report discusses the future of the finance function, and in particular the future role of the CFO. It draws on discussions between CFOs from which a common set of views emerged. These include emerging challenges in the areas of regulation, globalisation, technology, risk, transformation, stakeholder management strategy, reporting, talent and capability.
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    The CFO in Singapore – a view from board directors
    Directors are in a unique position to offer insight on the value of the CFO. They believe CFOs are required to go beyond their traditional role of balancing books to a broader role of managing risks, preserving liquidity and maintaining shareholder confidence.
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    The CFO in Singapore – a view from CEOs
    In today’s business, ensuring a balance of skills across the entire finance value chain is essential. Broad-based qualifications, which provide an entire understanding across financial and management accounting disciplines, as well as more specialised learning in audit, tax and law, provide a vital grounding in developing the skills that businesses need.
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    A focus on finance leadership
    Today’s finance leaders play a significant role in driving the sustainable success of organisations. From transformation strategies, data analytics strategies and pioneering approaches to risk management, there are numerous challenges in executing finance leadership effectively. This report brings together the discussions and conclusions from ACCA CFO Summit Asia 2012 held in Hong Kong – one of ACCA’s global series which share new insights on the evolving role of CFOs.

PERFORMANCE

Today’s CFO gets measured on how they and their finance operations help the business create value. How do finance functions support their organisations in driving finance efficiency and effectiveness, and what priorities and challenges are finance organisations currently facing?

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    Global Economic Conditions survey report
    Q4 2013

    The Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS) is the largest regular economic survey of accountants in the world, both in terms of the number of respondents and in terms of the number and scope of economic variables it monitors. Its main indices are good predictors of GDP growth in the OECD countries and daily trend deviations correlate well with the VIX or ‘fear’ index, which measures expected stock price volatility.
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    Finance leaders survey
    This report presents the results of a survey of finance leaders. It outlines views on six key issues: current priorities in the finance function; the effectiveness of the finance function; finance function challenges; the importance of different skills; identification of key stakeholders; and how finance leaders apportion their time.
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    PwC finance effectiveness survey
    The goal of this survey is to gather insights on the current state of finance and accounting function effectiveness and productivity in Singapore, and identify key trends and areas for improvement in a local setting.
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    Global economic conditions survey report: Q2, 2013
    The Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS) is the largest regular economic survey of accountants in the world, both in terms of the number of respondents and in terms of the number and scope of economic variables it monitors. Its main indices are good predictors of GDP growth in the OECD countries and daily trend deviations correlate well with the VIX or ‘fear’ index, which measures expected stock price volatility.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Access to great talent is a cornerstone of successful finance functions. As more focus is placed by the business on the value that finance brings, CFOs are increasingly recognising the critical importance of effective talent practices. These resources share current thinking on the practices leading organisations are adopting to develop talent, as well as some of the challenges faced.

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    Complete finance professional
    In today’s business, ensuring a balance of skills across the entire finance value chain is essential. Broad-based qualifications, which provide an entire understanding across financial and management accounting disciplines, as well as more specialised learning in audit, tax and law, provide a vital grounding in developing the skills that businesses need.
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    The future of finance talent
    This report suggests a number of trends that could affect finance talent management in the future. These trends are intended to stimulate the debate on the future of talent management in global finance functions.
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    Talent and capability in global finance functions
    This report uses detailed case studies to present insights from leading organisations on the challenges, solutions and opportunities for talent management in today’s global finance function.
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    Maximising people power
    Using a series of case studies, this report looks at how talent management can shape and influence the structure of finance functions, and highlights the practices organisations should be adopting in order to deliver the best possible talent development for finance professionals.