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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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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