24 February 2021, Düsseldorf/Vallendar – The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), the world’s largest and most influential body of professional accountants and finance specialists, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), together with WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, launched a new Digital Controlling Program to help controllers and finance professionals drive digital transformation in their organisations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proved how critically important technology is to help businesses survive and thrive. Key to this in many organisations is the ability of its controllers and finance professionals to embrace a digital transformation skillset to analyse information, guide strategy, and drive successful decision-making.
Jakub Bejnarowicz, Regional Director for Europe at the Association, said: "The Association and WHU have been cooperating successfully for several years now, and we are guided by the feedback of our participants in our course design. We are continuously striving to develop relevant topical content that measures up to the new digital requirements financial experts are currently faced with."
“Without a digital mindset and associated competencies, controllers and finance professionals put their careers at risk,” added Professor Utz Schäffer, PhD, Director of the Institute of Management Accounting & Control of WHU. “The new practice-oriented executive education program is WHU’s answer to the upheavals and challenges currently disrupting today’s economy. Executives with a background in the finance function will acquire the competencies and tools they need to successfully steer their companies through digital transformation," explained Utz Schäffer, who is also the Faculty Director of the program. To enable participants to take a leading role in their own companies’ digital transformation, the program provides participants with technology-related competencies and, at the same time, with a focus on the development of agile, entrepreneurial, and customer-oriented mindsets.
This WHU Executive Education program offered in cooperation with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, will start in April 2021. While focusing on digital transformation in financial controlling in their curriculum, participants will also benefit from insights into digital business models, innovations, leadership, and agile thinking. The program will be run in English, taking place at WHU Campus Düsseldorf with complementary e-learning courses provided by the Association.
More information on Digital Controlling Program is available here.