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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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