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What Is Intellectual Property and What Are the Risks?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 05:15 PM

Copyright pirates, brand impersonators, patent flouters and trade secret thieves are a major threat to businesses, given their increased aggressiveness towards intellectual property (IP) theft. These, and any other original creative works that have economic value and are protected by law, can be categorized as IP.

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Topics: KL Tools, enterprise risk management, risk assessment, strategic risk, intellectual property, performance management/measurement, data security,

Communicating With Shareholders: What You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Communicating with shareholders is about capital – the ability to access either equity or debt at the lowest possible cost. By understanding investor motivation and maintaining relationships within the investment community, companies are strategically positioned to address operational funding issues proactively and thus can exercise greater control over the capital formation process. By identifying sources of capital, world-class companies can maintain capital structures through a mix of long-term debt and equity funding options at the lowest possible cost.

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Topics: KL Tools, communication, kpis, accounting/finance, financial reporting, performance management/measurement, investments and foreign exchange, Mergers & Acquisitions, audit committee & board

Audit Committee: How to Develop a Strong Self-Assessment Process

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Feb 01, 2019 @ 09:49 AM

The audit committee of the board of directors helps the board fulfill its responsibilities to the company and its current and potential shareholders, the investment community, and other stakeholders, with respect to its oversight of the following: 

  • The quality and integrity of the company’s accounting and reporting practices and controls.
  • The financial statements and reports of the company.
  • The company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • The independent auditor’s qualifications and independence.
  • The performance of the company’s internal audit function and independent auditors.
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Topics: KL Tools, performance management/measurement, accounting/finance, self assessment, audit committee

Developing Budgets: What You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 08:59 AM

In a previous blog on Managing Mergers and Acquisitions KPIs we discussed what exactly Key Performance Indicators are:

“KPIs are generally defined as quantifiable measures used to evaluate the success of an organization, employee or process in meeting the objectives for performance. In other words, you can only really know if you did well if you know how success is measured.”

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Topics: KL Tools, performance management/measurement, accounting/finance, budgeting, cash and treasury

Key Performance Measures for Improving the Internal Audit Process

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 10:21 AM

An effective business process is built on a set of well-defined and clearly stated business objectives. These key objectives articulate the ideal performance results that the company expects from that process. To monitor a business process so that it stays focused on reaching the key objectives, the company chooses appropriate performance measures. Careful selection of the performance measures takes a company a long way toward improving a business process. Thus, to build and continually improve an effective business process, a company establishes:

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Topics: KL Tools, internal audit, risk assessment, quality assessment review, performance management/measurement

Currency Risk: The Purpose and Risk of Money

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ 01:14 PM

What is Money?

People may say that “money is the root of all evil,” but is it? It may be best to point out that the original quote is better expressed as, “for the love of money is the root of all evil,” which more properly conveys the idea that money is just a thing and not evil itself, but greed and excessive desire for money can be judged morally.

Enough philosophy – let’s get down to brass tacks. Money is useful.

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Topics: accounting/finance, cash and treasury, investments and foreign exchange, enterprise risk management, risk assessment, performance management/measurement, KL Tools, KL Publications

New Pricing Risks Pioneered by the Consumer Perspective

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 09:49 AM

Pricing is defined as the monetary value an organization assigns to a particular product or service.

When setting prices, an organization must consider a wide variety of financial market factors in order to effectively determine prices for products and services.

These factors may include the following:

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Topics: KL Tools, customer satisfaction, inventory and materials management, revenue, sales process & marketing, risk assessment, strategic risk, performance management/measurement

Bottom Line – Is a Lockbox Account Helpful for your Company?

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

A lockbox is a bank-operated address to which a company’s customers can send their payments. The primary benefit of lockbox services is increasing speed and efficiency in the accounts receivable process. The bank opens the incoming mail, deposits all received funds into the company's account, and scans the payments and any remittance information. Lockbox accounts reduce the effects of processing float and the overall cost of cash processing, which are major risks associated with cash collections. In combination with electronic transfers of account information or outsourced receivables matching, electronic payments and lockboxes will greatly reduce the level of effort required to register payments in customer accounts. Automated cash mobilization (ACM) also helps reduce the effects of processing float.

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Topics: KL Tools, accounts receivable,, accounting/finance, cash and treasury, credits and collections, performance management/measurement

6 Successful Warehouse & Storage Strategies You Need to Know

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 02:06 PM

There are two main goals that companies with leading practices strive to achieve in the warehousing process: to provide value-added services such as product customization and to move those products through the warehouse into the hands of the consumers as quickly as possible. Companies that achieve these goals follow the leading practices discussed below.

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Topics: performance management/measurement, sales process & marketing, supply chain, change management, inventory and materials management, KL Tools

The Art of Internal Audit Reporting: Direct Impact and Clarity

Posted by Protiviti KnowledgeLeader on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 04:37 PM

Internal audit (IA) reporting may be the biggest challenge in the audit process next to scheduling the audit itself and implementing recommendations in today’s complex and competitive corporate environment. An audit report presents results of an examination or review within the organization and is considered by many to be the core deliverable of audit services. Therefore, the importance of good reporting cannot generally be exaggerated.

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Topics: internal audit, training & development, audit reporting, internal audit administration, KL Tools

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