Andrew H. Harding
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Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA, is Managing Director of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). He is a prominent advocate for global reform of corporate reporting and a media commentator on a wide range of business and management accounting issues.

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Purpose-driven Business Needs to Be Less of a Rhetoric and More of a Mindset

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2016 | (12:14)

It was reported in the media recently that Sir Philip Green had taken delivery of a £46m private jet. This news was bound to be salt in the wounds of the 11,000 people at risk of losing their jobs through the collapse of BHS.

As Britain's best-known retailer faces public...

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In an Era of Unpalatable Events Integrated Thinking Is Crucial to Business Success

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2016 | (14:24)

As I write, it is just two weeks since the leak of 11.5 million files from the database of offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. This leak - the biggest in history - reveals the ways in which the world's super-rich, including leading politicians, have used offshore tax systems, leaving global...

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UK Accountants Agree: Britain Is Stronger in Europe

(1) Comments | Posted 21 October 2015 | (18:00)

I watched with interest as a new group promoting the benefits of Britain staying within the European Union (EU) was launched last week. Britain Stronger in Europe, headed up by former Marks & Spencer CEO Stuart Rose, aims to promote the economic, political and social advantages of staying within the...

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The Steep Drop in Volkswagen's Shares Show the Importance of Ethical Business

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (16:44)

Imagine that two years ago, an international organisation, respected worldwide for the quality and reliability of their product was tipped to "rule the world" by Forbes magazine and become the most "profitable, fascinating and sustainable " in the industry.

Imagine that, just two years later, that very same...

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Adapt or Fail: The Two Choices for Business in the Face of Natural Capital Depletion

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (13:48)

In the time it has taken you to click on this page, wait for it to load, and read the title (let's say five seconds) fossil fuel companies will have extracted 1,541 tonnes of coal from the ground - the weight of eight blue whales. They will also...

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Back to School: The Importance of Adult Learning

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2015 | (14:59)

A background as a keyboard player in a 90s pop group doesn't evoke images of a successful career in academia, but that is exactly how British physicist Brian Cox spent his early years before studying for his PhD in high-energy particle physics.

And although an extreme example, this demonstrates...

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From Chief Bean Counter to Rock Star - The History of the CFO

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2015 | (09:26)

When Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google, posted a message announcing he was quitting his post to go travelling, the story became national news. In doing so, it illustrated the way CFOs have evolved from back-room figures to rock stars of the corporate world.

In the middle...

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Unprecedented Premier League Rights Deal Flags the Need for Integrated Thinking

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2015 | (12:49)

The public reaction to the announcement that English Premier League clubs will receive £5.1bn for the domestic television rights from 2016-2019 flags the need for integrated thinking by the clubs when deciding where to invest this massive cash inflow.

Integrated thinking is the foundation of Integrated Reporting, a relatively recent...

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Big Data: A Big Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (12:20)

Big Data is raising challenging questions about the future role of finance. Accountants could be sidelined as professionals who are seen to specialise in providing financial accounts to report past...

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Balancing Risk and Innovation: The Challenge for the Finance Professional

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (17:30)

Innovation is the key to long-term business success in today's fast-paced, volatile and uncertain world. As Thomas Edison said: "There's a way to do it better - find it."

Companies that have the creativity necessary for innovation, and then finance and implement their ideas efficiently, are the ones that succeed....

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Time for Fresh Thinking on Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2013 | (16:21)

The Cranfield Female FTSE board report published this week - the annual benchmarking report and update to Lord Davies about the number of women on boards - should give chief executives, chairmen and executive search firms pause for thought.

Not only because the drive to increase the proportion of...

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In an Evolving Economic Climate, Businesses Must Become Less Reactive to Short-Term Volatility

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (17:19)

As the World Economic Forum gathered in Davos, many commentators made reference to Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain - is the world economy making a recovery, or in fact suffering from an incurable malaise?

This remains to be seen: while falling unemployment figures give some comfort,

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