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As the global leader in management accounting CIMA is committed to producing relevant, rigorous and applied research. We publish industry-leading insight, fund academic programmes, and collaborate with partners globally to help people and organisations drive better, sustainable business performance.

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  • Business analytics and decision making: the human dimension

    This report describes the personal skills and competencies management accountants must possess to be recognised as credible leaders co-creating insight.

  • Joining the Dots

    Decision making for a new era.

  • Business and human rights: evolution and acceptance

    This guide, written in partnership with the Global Compact Network UK, sets out the context for the importance of human rights issues to business.

  • Cost Transformation Model

    The CGMA cost transformation model is designed to help businesses to achieve and maintain cost competitiveness.

  • Valuing your talent

    Better people measures, better decisions, better business.

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CIMA Strategic Scorecard™: full report

Boards engaging in strategy demonstrates how the CIMA Strategic Scorecard™ can be used as a tool to bring all your strategic information together in a summarised and consistent format. This will assist your board in balancing time spent on strategy and time spent on governance issues.

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Financial reporting supply chain

Financial reporting has changed radically over the past ten years. New technology and more sophisticated performance metrics have increased the amount and quality of information generated by businesses. The accounting standards environment has become more international, and governance continues to be a major issue for management, shareholders and regulators, focusing them on the quality of corporate reporting.

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Accounting trends in a borderless world

Including analysis from a global survey of over 5,000 senior finance and senior non-finance professionals, this report assesses the latest trends facing the profession, comparing east and west, and highlights the challenges facing accountants the world over.

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Enterprise risk oversight: a global analysis

The recent global economic crisis has caused all boards of directors and senior executives of organisations to re-evaluate their approaches to risk oversight. Some of the well publicised failures have led many to question how excessive risk taking went unrecognised by key participants in the corporate governance process.

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How to manage reverse logistics

Reverse logistics has become an area that retailers and manufacturers cannot ignore. A significant percentage of products are returned by customers. Despite the fact that managing these returns incurs substantial costs through logistics, inventory and disposal, many companies appear to employ inadequate processes for dealing with these returns.

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Accounting for climate change

Management accountants have a key role to play in driving sustainable strategic and operational decisions. But CIMA’s research shows that even where finance teams are engaged in climate change related activities, it has often been on an ad hoc basis.

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Executive remuneration

Throughout this publication we have provided examples from the remuneration report that we have created for our fictitious company Generico. These examples are excerpts from the full report.

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Fact or fiction? The independent business partner: Asia

This discussion paper outlines how finance professionals need to move from being the co-pilot into the driver's seat across the Asia region, by employing additional skills and tools. Organisations need to consider not only how they identify talent, from a competitive pool, but how they build capacity, with support as necessary from educators, professional bodies and government agencies.

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Apocalypse H20: accounting for the true value of water

Water is more essential to industry and daily life than oil. But fresh water, like many other natural resources once considered abundant, is running low: the World Bank says global demand for water is doubling every 21 years and the UN estimates that by 2025 two-thirds of the world could face water ‘stress’ situations.

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Governmental financial resilience under austerity: English local authorities

The increased uncertainty, volatility and complexity arising from the economic crisis and the context of austerity require governments to put greater emphasis on flexibility, adaptability and a long-term perspective in their financial management.

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