Month: March 2021

Has the role of the CFO really changed over the last 100 years?

Pre-1960s finance directors, chief accountants and financial controllers were often regarded as mere bean counters, with a responsibility ‘to prepare the books and report back to higher level management on the overall financial risk and performance of the enterprise”. Contemporary accounting literature creates the notion that before the 1960s and 1970s, CFO predecessors (finance directors, …

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More than a balancing act – what is the future like for CFOs?

From Fin24: The changes that have been occurring in the professional world of work have meant that careers that were considered bankable about a decade ago and now slowly being rendered irrelevant by machines and artificial intelligence that can do the same job. The same goes for accountants. Even World Economic Forum leader Till Leopold …

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Bean counter or strategist? Differences in the role of the CFO in family and non-family businesses

By Martin Hiebl, Faculty Member, University of Sigen. The role of the CFO in family versus non-family businesses differs widely. When family businesses (FBs) grow older and larger, they typically employ more non-family managers. Non-family management becomes necessary if there are simply not enough family members available to fill the vacant management positions or if …

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Gartner says CFOs using outmoded approaches risk losing Covid cost efficiency gains

Organizations that achieved unexpected cost efficiency gains as a result of operational constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic risk losing these gains needlessly, according to research from Gartner, Inc. The traditional approach of reintroducing costs after a business downturn based on recovered revenue fails to account for permanent shifts in the business environment. There have …

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Why Finance Executives Rely on Supply-Chain Finance: A Guide to the Financing Tool

From WSJ: Companies are setting up programs to improve working capital and cut costs while disclosing few details. The struggles of Greensill Capital have shone a light on the increasing use of supply-chain financing, a tool that gives companies the ability to extend their payment terms to vendors. Regulators and standard-setters are closely watching if …

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