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CFO: Architect of the Corporation's Future Hardcover – September, 1997

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CFO: Architect of the Corporation's Future explores emerging solutions used by finance executives pressed to streamline their businesses for the global arena and maximize value creation. Based on research involving more than 300 CFOs, and featuring more than 30 case studies, this practical book shows how to step in and make a difference - designing and constructing vital links from strategy to operational reality. It attempts to meet the need - for a comprehensive set of guidelines for finance professionals wanting to be ready for the next millennium's challenges.

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CFO Architect of the Corporation's Future 'A smart look at what it takes for the CFO to succeed as a change leader. This book tells how to shift gear and mindset to build shareholder value.' Colin Goodall, CFO BP Oil Europe All over the world, a new breed of chief financial officer is revolutionizing the traditional position occupied by the finance function in the corporation. Presiding over processes that cut across the business, today's best CFOs set strategy, lead crucial change initiatives and act as real partners in decision-making with their chief executive officers. CFO: Architect of the Corporation's Future explores emerging solutions used by finance executives pressed to streamline their businesses for the global arena and maximize value creation. Based on research involving more than 300 CFOs, and featuring more than 30 case studies, this practical book shows how to step in and make a difference - designing and constructing vital links from strategy to operational reality. The PricewaterhouseCoopers Financial & Cost Management Team has compiled an authoritative, comprehensive guide to the role of finance in meeting the next millennium's challenges.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471975990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471975991
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"CFO: Architect of the Corporations Future" was the worst finance book I ever purchased. I was hoping to gain some concrete suggestions on financial stragtegy. Rather, I received a bunch of "touchy feely" suggestions on communications enhancement. Obviously, the authors' have no background in corporate finance.
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This is not a textbook on financial strategy and corporate finance. What it tells us is that CFO must tranform themselves into business partner and stop being bean-counters. If you do not want to be out-sourced to a shared service company, you;d better read this book. Of course, this book have shortcomings like most of the concepts like VBM, ABM & balanced scorecard are only briefly touched and because of this, the authors should have included further reference. Furthermore, some minor mistakes like getting the name of the CFO of Ericsson wrong (p13) caused me to doubt the credibility of the case studies. It's a pitty that this was not discovered during the re-printing of the book and such mistake came from an international accountancy firm like PWC.
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CFOs should become more involved in choosing projects and start to help their co-workers in product development, etc. use financial tools to make decisions. There, I just told you the guts of the book. The rest of it lacks detail for something written by an accounting firm.
This book might be useful to a young person who is trying to decide whether they want a career in finance or not. Because it is trying to discuss how good companies will use their CFOs in the future. Or for that matter, someone just starting out in finance to see what types of jobs are out there.
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It is a must own book if you want to impress people: all the jargons and diagrams can make anyone sounds good. But if you want to have a real impact of the company, you better find another book.
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