Managing global risks – findings from the World Economic Forum

    Readers of my blog posts will know that I am a big fan of the annual World Economic Forum Global Risks Report , so I can’t let you down now and not update you on this year’s 10 th edition. I was lucky enough to attend a recent round table...

    How can accounting save our water and our food supply?

    An article on the IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway by researchers Dr. Martin Kuertz, Dr. Tony Colman, and Prof. Tony Allan tees off with a reference to a report that captured the opinion of experts and global decision makers in the run-up to the 2015 World...

    Principles for the Long-term Perspective

    In the Book Excerpt from the most recent McKinsey Quarterly, authors Dominic Barton and Mark Wiseman summarize the thoughts of several contributors to the collection of essays Perspectives on the Long-term (FCLT, March, 2015). Of particular interest are...

    Two Pathways to CGMA

    Meet Anne. Anne works as a finance manager for a large retailer in Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s been in her role for three years, and is currently in her second year of studying with CIMA. Meet Joe. Joe works in corporate finance for an auto...

    Do finance professionals hold back the corporate sustainability agenda...

    My latest research and report: Redressing the balance: How management accountants drive sustainable corporate strategies was inspired by an article in national UK newspaper, The Guardian. The article: ‘ Leaders identify key sustainability challenges...

    Why you need to understand the risks of the open workforce

    As somebody who takes a keen interest in global events and developments, one of my annual ‘must read’ reports is the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report It is largely aimed at policy-makers and considers risk on a macro level...

    Building with new BRICS: The Lucky Seven

    One of the things highlighted by the recent financial crisis about investing in emerging economies is the importance of good governance. In a recent Forbes article,” The new world of business ,” Ian Bremmer says that while the BRICS economies...

    Being a Business Partner in the Big Data World

    For many management accountants, the world of big data can seem as distant as Earth is from Mars (225 million kms, if I am being precise). Finance professionals traditionally deal with highly structured and verifiable data. They produce periodic...

    CGMA: Year in review

    As CGMA designation holders in hundreds of countries around the globe prepare to ring in the New Year, I would like to pause for a moment and reflect on what a tremendous year 2014 was. In early 2014, we asked for your feedback on the draft of the...

    The Internet of Things: What Really Matters to Your Business?

    In a recent HBR blog post, “ The Sectors Where the Internet of Things Really Matters ,” author Simona Jankowski summarizes work done by Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, laying out the “landscape” of the Internet of Things...

    Life is tough. So is the CGMA exam. And so are you.

    Guest blog post written by Tom Pender, Senior Technical Manager - Portfolios, AICPA As the saying goes, life is tough. So is the CGMA case study exam. If the practice exam is anything like the real exam (and it is), then I highly encourage you to prepare...

    Five steps to improve ethical performance

    Ethics is a growing priority for business leaders but they are struggling to embed an ethical culture, according to a recent CGMA survey. To fully embed an ethical culture, organisations must improve training, communication and leadership. The way...

    Integrated thinking: understand your business and make better decisions

    Creating value is essential to any business. Therefore, understanding how your business creates value is a vitally important factor in running your business. Today, 80% of an organisation’s value is in intangible assets – that is 80% of...

    Whistleblowing Year in Review 2014

    Guest blog post written by Kirsty Matthewson, Marketing Manager and Senior Copywriter at Expolink. Whistleblowing continued to pervade both corporate governance and international news throughout 2014, with column inches covering everything from whistleblower...

    Why we're excited about the CGMA exam

    Excited? About an exam? Seriously? Yes, seriously. As studious and determined people with big dreams and ambitious life goals, we’re used to being tasked with reciting formulas, choosing the best answer and memorizing large quantities of information...

    Good Corporate Culture is a Process, Not an End Point

    Robert Gordon, Manager of St Paul’s Institute Corporate culture is an amorphous concept. We all experience its effects and have an implicit understanding of what is being referred to, but it’s difficult to pin down. Companies are keen...

    Cutting clutter to reveal clear and concise reporting

    The UK Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) Financial reporting Lab (Lab) has published an insight report "Towards Clear & Concise Reporting" that highlights progress made by companies towards producing more relevant and succinct...

    What AICPA members need to know about the CGMA exam

    If you’re a CGMA designation holder or plan to become one, you’ve probably heard that the CGMA exam is coming soon. The first thing you need to know is if you already have your designation, or obtain it before January 1, 2015, then you won’t...

    No More Dissertations - A Clear Map to Management Accounting!

    At the recent National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) convention, I was approached by many young professionals wanting to know exactly what it takes to become a management accountant. During the conversations, I understood that many of those...

    Explore CGMA resources for a limited time

    Have you checked out CGMA resources lately? If so you might have noticed the growing repertoire of reports and tools available for your use. As we continue to add new content on a regular basis, we’d like to make some of our popular titles available...

    The Pinwheel Framework:Separating the great from the good

    The CGMA Case Study: Aligning strategy, planning and risk processes at MassMutual illustrates what this Fortune 100, member-owned, life and health provider refers to as their Pinwheel Framework and the steps they have taken to develop and operationalise...

    The CGMA Competency Framework - One Month Update

    The market has spoken and the CGMA Competency Framework is on its way to becoming a benchmark for the management accounting profession. Accounting and finance professionals all over the world have been downloading the framework and viewing the video to...

    US natural resources under attack with economic repercussions

    Experts are warning that $100 billion of US property may be below sea level by 2050, according to a recent US climate change report . It also predicts that by the middle of this century the average American can expect temperatures of over 95° F for...

    Botsourcing – Adding value in your extended value chain

    In a recent HBR blog post titled, “ Robots are Starting to Make Offshoring Less Attractive ,” author Colin Lewis summarizes the key points of two books that address the potentially significant impact of robots and automation on jobs across...

    We could all use a little more time (management)

    Do you check your email every single morning – responding, forwarding, or deleting as necessary? If you have plenty of tasks on your list (and who doesn’t these days?), chances are your email routine and other common practices are a drain...