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International Business Report (IBR) Outsourcing: Beyond technical expertise
Companies outsource back-office business processes mainly to boost efficiency and reduce costs. Payroll, HR and accounting processes – the most common to be outsourced – are heavily transactional, and many companies determine that external specialists can execute these far more cost-effectively than they can themselves.
Blog Get close to the professors
Accountants should work more closely with academia. That was my key takeaway from a trip to Edinburgh last week for the British Accounting and Finance Association meet. It is clear that the academics welcome input from practitioners and I found myself volunteering to share some of my experiences with their students. And I got the impression that lecturers would welcome much more practical input at all stages of research and in all aspects of their work.
Blog Perseverance and patience
Food & Beverage (F&B) executives globally are ready to expand via exports. This is especially clear here in Europe, where in 2013 the EU28 became the world’s top exporter of agricultural and food products, outperforming the United States, Brazil, China and others.
Blog Where’s hot and where’s not for ICT infrastructure?
Rob McGillen, global head of technology at Grant Thornton, asks how important ICT infrastructure to business growth prospects and which economies are performing best.
Blog How to grow without breaking the planet
Technology is at the cutting edge of efforts to make growth more sustainable. As the global population swells and more people move into higher consumption classes, the demand for food, for energy, for water, will all increase. But the resources our planet offers will not. Clearly the status quo is not sustainable.