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Business Partnering

  Currently an in vogue phrase and one which begs the question about organisational design. It is heartening to see that traditional ‘support’ (and silo) functions such as Finance, HR and IT are now looking at their wider role in business support. A review of recent job adverts will see a proliferation of the term… Read more »

Altruism and Autocracy

Early attempts at describing societies by philosopher’s and sociologists have all tried to analyse the nature of the groups in which we work, whether it is the family, tribe or nation state. There has been much debate about power and influence and male/female societies and the distribution of decision making structures and institutions of social… Read more »

Why more is actually less- the new Finance function and financial literacy

There have been great strides in accountancy and technology over the last 30 years. In the early days we had basic accounts packages which could cope with double entry bookkeeping and the odd purchase order system, stock control module and fixed asset registers. Then along came ERP systems which took business processes to a greater… Read more »

Cryptocurrencies and value

Crypto currencies like bitcoins are gaining traction, but how these innovations in fin tech disturb the existing elitism and the desire to maintain the regulatory status quo regionally and internationally through the current structures of the law and compliance. Are the new crypto currencies merely a repetition of the old barter economy and we are… Read more »

Zen and Zenith

There is lot of talk at the moment about mindfulness and meditation, taking time out of our everyday lives to reflect and consider the consequences of our actions and the interplay with society. Mere knowledge is not enough, appreciation of the outcomes and the way that outputs have been achieved appears to be behind this… Read more »

Hierarchies

Here is an interesting piece about why social groups need some structure in decision making and pecking order. Whilst it takes an economic view of life and social structures and talks about costs and utilities, it does demonstrate that these ideas are not new because we have always made these type of structures in whatever… Read more »

New Finance, New You

CEOs have a tough job and their relationship with Their Finance chief (whatever the title) is a crucial part of what makes the business tick. There are instances where the finance function may not be as effective as possible due to either a breakdown in this relationship or a change in behaviour of one or… Read more »

digital democracy

The onset of technological advances has meant a move towards more equality and public debate through the myriad of social media platforms. Net neutrality has been a hot topic lately and a tension caused by Government pronouncements urging the Tech Titans to edit some of the less desirable content found on the internet.. We also… Read more »

Open Book, Ledger and Lender Accounting

Accountants  and Lenders of a certain age will recognize the term open book accounting, essentially it was a way of two parties having access to more than the usual information in a transaction. It was supposed to benefit both parties through smarter procurement and contract negotiations. Although it didn’t get widespread acceptance, especially in Public… Read more »

Accountants, Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies

The new kid on the block (chain) is the crypto currency. Bitcoin is but one example of these new digital virtual currencies which may at some future date be the future of how we do business. The issue for me is one of hurdles and acceptance before we dispense of ‘fiat money’ and whilst Blockchains… Read more »