November 18, 2021

Benchmark Drives Behavior, the saga continues…

In my previous article, I covered some of the challenges I encountered during my career that caused me to question issues surrounding benchmarks and the process of creating benchmarks. I touched on how certain benchmarks can lead to problematic outcomes across a myriad of spheres such as safety, financial reporting, retaining employees, etc. In that article, I said that the follow-on article would provide some additional and more detailed examples of where things went wrong along with some analysis.
November 18, 2021

Benchmark Drives Behavior

An anecdotal look at how behavior follows what we measure and how this can lead to aberrant and/or potentially fraudulent outcomes.  Guido van Drunen is a forensic accounting expert, with decades of experience in high-profile investigative work. Having recently retired from KPMG he is writing a series of articles about how he has seen benchmarks drive behavior – often with aberrant or potentially perverse outcomes. The purpose of these articles is to make readers think more deeply and maybe differently about key metrics, how they are created, how they are measured and what behaviors they encourage.
November 9, 2021

Highlights: What’s Happening with International Financial Reporting Standards

CAW Network USA teams up with BDO USA’s IFRS Experts.
October 5, 2021

Cryptocurrency for accountants Part 1: Bitcoin, Blockchain, NFTs, DAOs

Yuri Cataldo, emerging tech strategist and best-selling author, explains what the main buzzwords mean and why they’re important to accountants.
August 3, 2021

From Corporate Tax Havens to Corporate Accountability Highlights

Murray Buckman, tax expert and educator presented for Northern California’s Corporate Accountability webinar on June 17th. Murray took a non-political view with his observations of three public companies at the center of highly criticized industries in regards to their use of offshore companies.
April 22, 2021

Fixing the faults in South Africa’s corporate reporting ecosystem

Since 2017, the auditing profession has been plagued by high-profile corporate failures that have implicated auditors. As a result of state capture revelations, share price collapses, and corruption allegations, the South African public continues to question how audit can be relied upon to protect its investments.
October 26, 2020
How Brazil Helped Realise the Entrepreneurial Dreams of Mark Spiers CA

How Brazil Helped Realise the Entrepreneurial Dreams of Mark Spiers CA

Mark Spiers CA was destined to be an entrepreneur, just not in the way he had imagined. Rachel Ingram discovers how moving to Brazil helped the GrupoFabri CEO make his dream a reality.
September 1, 2020

Forget Big Data – the future is in connected and public data

We are living in the age of misinformation. Kerry McGuire CA, Director of Global Data Design at YouGov, tells Ryan Herman why data should be democratised and disseminated to all.
June 15, 2020

After COVID-19: What will tomorrow’s offices look like?

By MATHIEU DE LAJARTRE The pandemic is changing how offices are designed so that people can still work safely. The impact COVID19 will have on office […]
June 12, 2020

What business agility means for the long-term, post COVID-19

Some companies have pivoted on a dime, while others need to strategize for a ‘new normal’
April 16, 2020

Forth Ports safe haven in choppy Brexit seas

Before 2016, it was rare to hear anyone talking about ‘frictionless trade’ or ‘border checks’ over a drink. The fact that 95% of our imports and exports flow through our ports seemed of little consequence. But the EU referendum result has meant people who hitherto had little interest in trade deals, now have a view on anything from WTO rules to tariffs.
September 5, 2019

Combating white-collar crime?

White-collar crimes are increasingly sophisticated and transnational. The nature and scale of recent cases have been mind-boggling. In April 2018, forensic accountants from RSM Corporate Advisory highlighted issues involving possible roundtripping transactions, fabrication and alteration of transaction documents, as well as possible fraudulent and erroneous claims under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) tax scheme, with the involvement of senior company officers at a local listed company, Trek 2000 International.
June 4, 2019

A fair trade model for the B2B sector: how finance can apply innovation to tackle UN SDGs

After the launch of Finance & Business2030 conference in London, Chartered Accountants Worldwide surveyed more than 120 delegates for their thoughts and reactions following the event which featured finance and business professionals discussing ways to develop a plan of action towards achieving the goals. FinBiz2030 is a joint initiative between One Young World, Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the City of London.


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