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Barriers and catalysts to sound financial systems in small-sized enterprises

This study focused upon the small business sector of the economy and it had three main aims. Firstly, it investigated the role, function and scope of the financial management systems operating within small firms. Secondly, it attempted to understand why in certain firms robust financial systems exist, whereas in others they are seen to be weak. Finally, the role of training and other support needs for sound financial management systems was investigated .

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Using management accounting to lengthen the time frame of managers

Most of the criticism of traditional management accounting and control concerns its short-term orientation.

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Case study: Boonsiri Somchit-Ong, Advanced Micro Devices Global Services

Boonsiri Somchit-Ong is the corporate vice-president for finance at Advanced Micro Devices Global Services in Malaysia.

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Improving decision-making: reports

Three reports

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Culture first: how marketing effectiveness works in practice

The improvement of marketing effectiveness culture is now a business imperative. This report, developed in association with IPA and Telefonica, explains why it is about moving from a ‘justification’ culture to a ‘learning’ culture.

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Performance measurement and risk management in intermediary food chain businesses

This research seeks to understand the extent to which performance measurement systems in food supply chains might be incomplete and inadequately balanced, and considering allegations from previous research that controls, rewards and incentives and have a role in shaping performance measurement upstream in supply chains.

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IPOs, organisational and management accounting change in listed Chinese state-owned enterprises

Since the early 1990s, under the programmes of ‘corporatisation’ and ‘marketisation’, stock exchange listing has become a central platform for a more recent round of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) reforms in China.

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Costs, care and rationing

This paper reveals distinct differences in the delivery of management accounting information between intensive care units (ICUs) in Finland and the UK and has major implications for the management of intensive care facilities and indeed health care management accounting generally.

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Tomorrow's corporate governance - the case for the board mandate

Boards are operating in ever more complex and challenging business environments. At the same time, their behaviour and standards are coming under increasing external scrutiny, for example through the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and Walker Reviews in the UK.

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How to improve your finance organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness

The roles of finance professionals are changing. There is an expectation for finance organisations to take on a broader role in terms of providing management information and analysis and become more influential in how the organisation is managed. In forward-looking organisations, finance is evolving from a focus on transactions and cost efficiency to a broader focus that covers decision support and strategy.

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