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Finance function effectiveness

Our selection of books, articles, links and guides can help you identify best practices and techniques to apply to your finance function.

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Maintaining relevance in the digital age
The article discusses the need for the management accounting profession to refocus on providing actionable cost information to support internal decision making, or risk becoming obsolete, in the face of technological change.

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Finance Direction
Thought leadership resources from the ICAEW's Finance Direction programme, including case studies and reports on the role of finance departments in organisations.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Understanding business accounting for dummies - UK

An overview of UK business accounting for non-accountants who need to understand accounting information and financial reports. It covers accounting basics, how to understand financial statements, using accounting in managing a business, and how financial reports are used by investors and auditors.

Reach the top in finance: the ambitious accountant's guide to career success

A career development guide for finance professionals who want to know how they can succeed as trusted advisors, business partners, senior leaders and innovators, regardless of whether they work in industry, not-for-profit or public practice.

Narrative and numbers: The value of stories in business

This book describes how storytellers can better incorporate and narrate data, and how investors, CEOs and FDs can calculate more imaginative models that withstand scrutiny. It uses case studies from Uber, Twitter, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Vale to show the benefits, challenges and pitfalls of weaving narratives around numbers in the context of valuing business and making investments.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Are you getting the most from your IT tools?

The author offers guidelines for management accountants on making their data and processes effective by using the latest information technology (IT) tools. Topics covered include the difference between efficiency and effectiveness, the benefits of integrating new technologies into the solid foundations of integrated data and business process management, and the need for operational source data

Adapting for the not-for-profit audit committee: What do management accountants need to know when they make a transition to the audit committee for a not-for-profit entity?

The article discusses issues that management accountants must consider before accepting an audit committee role in a not-for-profit entity (NFP). Topics discussed include the importance of knowing why the NFP is seeking audit services, the common questions for new NFP audit committee members, and the differences in the audit process for NFPs..

Cyber CFO: The next top finance job?

The article focuses on the new role the chief financial officer (CFO) can play in this new age of digital disruptions, constant hacking and other major corporate risks.

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Useful links


How to nurture the financial leaders of tomorrow
ICAEW's Rick Payne proposes three ways financial officers can lead change to enhance organisational performance.

Finance business partnering case studies
Case studies demonstrating how finance departments can play a broader business role in organisations.

Finance direction 
Thought leadership initiative from the ICAEW Business and Management Faculty, which carries out research and publishes reports on the role of the finance function in an organisation.

Getting more from the finance function: the art of the possible
A ICAEW Business and Management Faculty recording and slides from a 2013 talk by Adrian Ryan, Head of Finance Transformation at Imperial Tobacco, on how finance functions can contribute more to business performance.


United, connected and aligned: how the distinct roles of internal audit and the finance function drive good governance
Joint publication of IFAC and the International Institute of Auditors (IIA) compiling insights from 11 governance experts on collaboration, corporate culture and key competencies.

Improving your finance function effectiveness
EY report from April 2016, setting out the advantages of a Centre of Expertise (CoE) for your finance function.

Finding the formula for success
Deloitte's Finance Benchmark survey, conducted with 139 organisations in 2015. The survey identifies important opportunities for the finance function and highlights examples of current good practice.

Talent and capability in global finance functions
This April 2013 ACCA report uses detailed case studies to present insights from leading organisations on the challenges, solutions and opportunities for talent management in today’s global finance function.

Finance effectiveness benchmark report 2017
A 2017 benchmarking report from PWC, based on data from nearly 600 finance organizations worldwide.

Finance transformation: a missed opportunity for SMEs?
This report, published by CIMA in October 2011, shows how finance functions are changing in leading organisations. It provides examples how SMEs can learn from large companies when transforming their finance function to help them make better decisions to improve their performance.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Right action
Finance and Management, May 2015
Recent research from Deloitte suggests that although the finance function can support decision-making in business, senior stakeholders are not always applying their analyses effectively.

Beyond bean counting: steps for lifting a finance function skill set towards "adding value"
(Finance Mechanics, 2013)
This book uses an extended case study that "provides valuable yet logical steps for lifting a finance function skill set towards adding value."

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