Why Finance Has No Incentives for Process Improvements and How To Change It

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

APQC recently chatted with Gabriel Zubizarreta on the challenges of process improvement in finance departments and why leveraging change is about culture.
Gabe will be leading the breakout session, Leveraging Change for Process Improvement, at APQC’s 2016 Process improvement Conference Oct. 3-7

Finance Transformation in 2016: Raising the Bar on Business Analysis

Mary Driscoll's picture

According to new research conducted by APQC, finance leaders are keenly aware of the need to improve the finance function. What’s so new about that? A lot, actually.

Why Aren’t More Women in Leadership Positions?

Haley Carroll's picture

As I hear and read about women in business, the same question keeps resurfacing: Why aren’t more women in leadership positions? Organizations are striving to improve gender equity figures in the hopes that a more diverse workforce will appeal to an increasingly diverse customer base. In addition, it’s been proven that a more diverse workforce can increase financial returns, employee engagement, and innovation.

Is Attending Aspen Ideas Festival on Your Bucket List?

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If attending the Aspen Ideas Festival isn’t on your bucket list, you might consider adding it.

Every summer, one thousand movers and shakers, CEOs, authors, politicians, pundits, and artists gather to share the biggest ideas of the day and seek solutions to the world’s pressing problems. I had the pleasure of attending this year in late June and wasn’t disappointed.

Finance Process Efficiency: the Hunt Continues

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When an overwhelming majority of finance executives say they want to be sure their financial process costs are in line, I can’t help but wonder if I’ve stumbled into a time warp. APQC has been tracking these efficiency metrics for many years. CFOs and corporate controllers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia have been leading finance improvement initiatives for well over a decade. So, why are the world’s largest companies still hard at it?

Blueprint for Success—Your Road Map For Achieving Top Performance in Accounts Payable

Haley Carroll's picture

The financial management (FM) research team at APQC is rolling out a series called Blueprint for Success. The first report focuses on accounts payable and includes definitions, detailed analysis, and benchmarking data on seven AP key performance indicators. But many of you may be wondering what a blueprint is and how it can help your organization.

Get Serious about Finance Training

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The current fascination with using big data to sharpen business decision making is not lost on finance and accounting leaders. They know it is imperative that finance get up-to-speed with this powerful trend and learn how best to apply big data concepts in the realm of financial planning and analysis (FP&A). Unsurprisingly, recent APQC research shows that there is strong enthusiasm for enhancing FP&A; in tandem with that, a growing number of CFOs are sanctioning a closer look at cloud-based applications for planning and reporting.

What’s Driving Finance Improvement?

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Today to win, organizations have to outmaneuver the competition, and this is where finance needs to step up and become a better business partner. But how are CFOs, and the finance functions they manage, driving process improvement efforts that lead to this outcome? To answer this question and more, APQC’s Senior Research Fellow in Financial Management, Mary Driscoll, fielded a survey to determine what tools, techniques, and technologies will enable finance to reach its full potential and stay relevant in the eyes of the business.