In today’s complex and rapidly changing business climate, there is an increased demand for top management to better observe, measure, and manage their business. Planning and budgeting plays an important role in enterprise performance management. However, in many organisations, planning and budgeting is not seen as adding value since:
In a study by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), different types of training and development methods were ranked according to how useful each one was rated by senior finance professionals.
The top 4 useful types were “learning through doing”, followed by “external training courses supported by the organisation”, “external continuing professional development supported by the organisation”, and “in-house education and training face-to-face”.
Businesses, no matter how big or small, all want to make high quality, impactful business decisions. In order to be able to do so, the business must be equipped with accurate, fact-based and timely data. This is where management accounting comes in.
Since the early days, Management Accounting has played a critical role in helping executives to make impactful decisions. However, many people have easily mistaken Management Accounting for "Financial Accounting". When you clearly understand these two concepts, you will see that they have obvious fundamental differences.
In today’s modern business environment, accounting is not solely about getting the numbers right anymore. It is how the data generated from accounting can contribute to decision-making, and thus drive growth. The same applies to accounting for hotels.
Financial analysis dates back centuries, at least to the codification of double-entry bookkeeping in the 15th century. The analysis of balance sheets and income statements has long served as the basis of credit and lending decisions.
The discipline of management accounting developed in the early 20th century as a way of using accounting data to keep corporate executives and managers informed about what happened or is happening and why.
In today’s ‘VUCA’ world—characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity— it is becoming harder and harder to get right. As discontinuity becomes the norm and the most established business models come under threat, business leaders may need to adapt their models or develop new ones. How can organisations achieve sustainable success in a constantly changing environment?
More and more companies are coming to realise that sustainability performance management (SPM) can create and protect their businesses’ long-term value. Thus, defining the link between sustainability and business performance becomes critical in business management, especially in financial aspects.
As the world is heading towards an uncertain future, businesses can expect some unexpected events along the way. Therefore, agility needs to be embedded in every business process, including corporate financial planning.
Shortcomings associated with the traditional budgeting approach can undermine the true value of the process. Budgeting should be less cost-driven and more investment-based, i.e. all forecasted costs of a department should be attached to deliverables—the products and services that department delivers to other departments or to the clients. Doing so will make budget decisions investment decisions.