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Challenges the finance profession has been facing following the 2008-2009. A multi-country research

Dankó, András and Barakonyi, Károly (2012) Challenges the finance profession has been facing following the 2008-2009. A multi-country research. Vezetéstudomány - Budapest Management Review, 43 (4). pp. 2-11.

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Abstract

In the successful strategic management of the modern companies each function plays their specific role. While today’s businesses in many ways are different from their ancestors, the key fundamentals are derived from the same roots. Their main purpose of existence is to serve the needs of their shareholders and stakeholders by creating value (Pike et al., 1993). To achieve this effectively and efficiently the various functions need to work in close cooperation with each other. The global crisis, starting in 2008, proved that volatility is higher for the financial markets and the ordinary businesses that have been anticipated before. As the recession started as a financial crisis many people started to blame – amongst others – banks and financial institutions for excessive risk taking and taking short profits ahead of long term sustainable growth. Accordingly the lost confidence in the financial institutions has taken a toll on the reputation of other Finance professionals such as accountants, book keepers, treasury, tax people and others. The finance function’s strategic importance is linked to its ability to help interpreting the business performance and provide transparency. In order to restore the trust the finance profession is now facing one of the biggest challenges of its history, the need to reinvent itself. This paper presents the findings of a recent international research conducted in the United Kingdom, France, Hungary and Poland interviewing 169 executives of the business sector plus the review of 237 job descriptions of finance professionals in order to understand the challenges of the modern finance function. The findings of the study could provide relevant answers and help to overcome a very current problem that Finance is facing today, how to rebuild reputation and to stay a trusted partner and enabler for long term business strategy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:strategic management, strategic finance, financial crisis
Subjects:Economic development
Finance
ID Code:2100
Deposited By: Z. S.
Deposited On:19 Oct 2015 13:28
Last Modified:21 Dec 2018 15:18

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