IFAC Publishes Award-Winning Articles on Key Issues Impacting Professional Accountants in Business
October, 25th 2007
A new publication released by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) addresses a wide range of topics that can assist professional accountants in business with their management, strategic and financial decision making. The publication, 2007 Articles of Merit, includes 10 previously published international articles that were selected by IFAC's Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee as part of its annual Articles of Merit Award Program for Distinguished Contribution to the roles and domain of professional accountants in business.
The winning article for 2007 is "Finding the Right Mix: How to Match Strategy and Management Practices to Enhance Firm Performance" by Kip R. Krumwiede
and Shannon L. Charles. It was first published in the Institute of Management Accountants' monthly magazine, Strategic Finance. The authors' investigation into the use and adoption of popular management practices finds that highly rated practices such as target costing, the balanced scorecard, and activity-based costing have had relatively low adoption. However, their research identified that those organizations that did adopt these practices found that they produce valuable results. Using this research as a basis, the article suggests a five-step process to facilitate the matching of management practices to organizational strategy.
Other articles of outstanding merit cover topics such as key performance indicators, the art of management accounting, evaluating the return on information technology investments, XBRL, environmental management accounting, and board processes.
The 2007 Articles of Merit, together with past issues, can be downloaded free-of-charge from the IFAC online bookstore (http://www.ifac.org/store). The 10 articles in the 2007 publication can also be downloaded individually from the IFAC bookstore.
Founded in 1977, IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 155 members and associates in 118 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. The organization, through its independent standard-setting boards, sets international ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting standards. Through its Professional Accountants in Business Committee, IFAC issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.