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Business improvement

Articles, reports and other resources that enable accountants in business to make a real difference to their organisations by providing them with practical information on the latest thinking in business improvement.

Five steps out of failure

Richard Close recently spoke to Finance & Management Faculty members about his long experience in turning around failing businesses. Here, Christian Doherty summarises his five-point plan for achieving success

Putting a price on talent

New research from Lancaster University Management School UK and Deloitte is attempting to design a model for measuring and improving human capital management.

Lean and efficient

Month-end and management reporting tends to be time-consuming and problematic. Kevin Dilton-Hill looks at reporting trends, and explains how determining the right information, and “lean” methods of producing it, could bring big benefits

Taking off

When it comes to maximizing profitability, Philip Varley, FCA and private pilot, reckons thinking like a flyer and applying this 12-point checklist is the way to soar through unexpected turbulence

Lean vs standard cost accounting

Ever felt your business decisions are based on irrelevant or incomplete information? Jean Cunningham uses three case studies to illustrate how lean accounting can improve your decisions, whatever your industry.

Retail therapy

Helping revolutionise Selfridges gave Peter Williams a reputation as a turnaround expert. Christian Doherty finds there’s more to him than corporate paramedic – but in an economy that refuses to recover, his lessons are valuable to all FDs.

Beating silos into shape

Silos - and how to eliminate them - present a perennial management problem. Below, Professor Sir Andrew Likierman explains how performance measurement can help get rid of these potential saboteurs.