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Interventionist management accounting research: lessons learned

Interventionist research has been suggested as one possible way to produce practically relevant management accounting research.

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Assessing the effectiveness of NHS budgeting

This report examines the complex nature of budgetary and associated financial systems, particularly the service line reporting (SLR) in NHS provider units.

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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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Financial leadership for government

CIMA and the Institute for Government have joined forces to produce a blueprint for reform that will lead to better decision making and more efficient government. The aim is to provide a structure to open debate about the role of financial leadership at the centre of large, devolved organisations, and to support the UK government’s work in building ‘a much stronger corporate leadership model’, as set out in the Civil Service Reform Plan.

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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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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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UK Bribery Act: seminar, survey and guidance

In April 2011 CIMA, together with St Paul’s Institute, held a seminar to discuss the responsibilities financial management has in implementing anti bribery guidance. The UK Bribery Act has been enforced since July 2011, organisations should act now to prepare and adapt systems accordingly.

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Tomorrow’s Value

The economic crisis has thrown up searching questions about what business contributes to the wider community, the values it upholds and the link between these values and the value it creates.

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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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Embedding ethical values into the corporate culture

This paper summarises the discussions at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (IIM) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) roundtable on corporate integrity. The roundtable focused on five areas of discussion on aspects of corporate operations and activity that lend themselves to good ethical practice.

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