A New Way to Scale Social Enterprise

Harvard Business

Social enterprise Entrepreneurial finance Digital ArticleA new type of security, called “mission equity,” caps investor returns so the company’s financial success can help fuel its mission.

Flourishing in a Social Enterprise World

Tom Spencer

This hypothetical future may seem a distant reality, yet many people today recognise a need for change: executive salaries of large corporations have become excessive, senior managers of listed companies worry about meeting analyst expectations rather than customer expectations, and global finance now focuses largely on speculation and market timing rather than funding productive investment. Rise of Social Enterprise. A world based on social enterprise may be closer than you think.


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The Criminal Finances Act 2017: What UK Enterprises Engaging Independent Professionals Need to Know Now

MBO Partners

What UK enterprises need to know about the Criminal Finances Act 2017

Greek Finance Minister Proposes Greece for Puerto Rico Trade: Should US Accept the Offer?


Greek finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has a sense of humor. Who knew Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s prickly finance minister, had a sense of humor? But if you include the island’s unfunded pension liabilities and the debt of its public enterprises, that figure rises to about 150%, according to data provided by Goldman Sachs. Today he said to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: I’ll Trade You Greece for Puerto Rico.

How to Improve Your Finance Skills (Even If You Hate Numbers)

Harvard Business

If you’re not a numbers person, finance is daunting. Even if you don’t need to know a lot about finance to do your day-to-day job, the more conversant you are on the subject, the better off you’ll be, according to Richard Ruback, a professor at Harvard Business School and the coauthor of the HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business. Stop avoiding finance because you’re afraid of numbers. “Finance and accounting are very simple.

Board Management Tips to Help Your Team Win w/Lauren Harrell Ep#99

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Having worked internally at finance and audit organizations and externally as an advisor across the finance enterprise, she approaches leadership and the boardroom with a multiple-stakeholder focus.

Achieving Financial Success in a Changing and Competitive Market

Clarity Consultants

There is constant pressure on companies to do more with less resources, and it’s the ones who are able to clearly define their goals, understand their challenges, and take decisive action who are able to achieve the financial goals that drive success in the enterprise market. Accounting FinanceThe modern business environment is defined by rapid change, digital transformation, and of course, a highly competitive market.

Lessons Learned from a German EMBA

Tom Spencer

In the fall of 2015, after spending two years in a small town in the Ruhr Valley starting to learn German (I will appreciate Mark Twain’s perspective on the sprache so much better going forward), I moved to Frankfurt to begin my Executive MBA at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Marguerite Arnold is an entrepreneur, author and third semester EMBA candidate at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. This is a guest post from Marguerite Arnold.

How the Social Sector Can Attract More Young Talent

Harvard Business

Although a lot of attention has been given to the idea that millennials in particular will prioritize a sense of purpose and meaning over raw earning power, the numbers are still pretty tough to ignore: looking at where graduates actually want to go, the biggest sectors for top graduates are still technology and finance. Hiring Social responsibility Social enterprise Digital ArticleMarion Barraud for HBR.

Research: The Digitization of Banks Disproportionately Hurts Women Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business

In Sweden, for example, the portion of approved bank loans to small and medium-size enterprises has decreased by 15% over the last 10 years , and roughly 60% of all ventures in need of external financing have reported difficulties in accessing financing for their investments. It turns out that women entrepreneurs who seek to finance their ventures using bank financing are increasingly forced to find solutions elsewhere. Entrepreneurial finance Digital Article

How One Startup Developed a Sales Model That Works in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business

A lot had to take place for this all to happen: I had a problem but knew a solution existed; I had access to information on my options; I had a physical destination to see my options in person; a trained employee was available to provide advice and recommendations; and I had a means of financing to bring this appliance into my life almost immediately. Customers show up regularly to take out loans, arrange payments, and track their finances.

Does Your Startup Have a Spending Strategy?

Harvard Business

In reality, it only added to the breakeven level, which can kill a new enterprise’s chance of survival. Entrepreneurial finance Budgeting Costs Entrepreneurial management Digital ArticleCatherine Ledner/Getty Images. Starting a new business involves a host of challenges, and chief among them is knowing what to spend your money on—and how much to spend. You have to consider salaries, marketing budget, office size, technology services, and on and on.

Why Some of the Most Groundbreaking Technologies Are a Bad Fit for the Silicon Valley Funding Model

Harvard Business

Back east, established firms worked with big banks to launch new enterprises. They in turn became investors in new enterprises, which attracted more engineers to the region, many of whom became entrepreneurs. If you have an idea to apply mature technology to a well-understood problem, it’s relatively easy to get it financed. Entrepreneurial finance Digital ArticleJurgen Ziewe/Getty Images.

How Banks Can Compete Against an Army of Fintech Startups

Harvard Business

Banking for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been astonishingly unaffected by the rise of the Internet. Moreover, in instances where borrowers want to shop and compare myriad options in one place, they turn to online credit brokers like Fundera or Intuit’s QuickBooks Financing for a one-stop shopping experience. Financial markets Finance & Accounting Strategy Financial Services Digital Article

The 5 Key Corporate Sustainability Trends in 2022


A Global Shift Toward Sustainable Finance. This is particularly true in the banking industry, and financial institutions will be increasingly likely to provide financing options to organizations whose sustainability focus aligns with their own.

Jim Whitehurst on the Open Organization: A Conversation with the CEO of Red Hat


Jim Whitehurst is the president and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open-source enterprise IT products and services. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has a reputation for helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging of times. Video Monday, October 17, 2016. Whitehurst strongly advocates using open-source software as a catalyst for business innovation.

Internal Strategy: Lessons Learned (1 of 2)

Tom Spencer

The strategy team consisted mostly of ex-consultants where our primary role was to execute and coordinate all key activities of the GWAM business, spanning six business units and eight functions, in areas of strategic initiatives, M&A, and corporate finance.

Want To Be On The Leading Edge? Forget About It.

Markovitz Consulting

Jim Womack, author and founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute, describes this classic problem as “the loud voice of the CEO at the top becoming a faint whisper by the time it reaches the front lines of the organization.” Don’t be seduced by the siren song of the leading edge. While it’s a nice concept, it’s not nicknamed “the bleeding edge” for nothing. All too often, companies that strive for first mover advantage bleed their products—or their entire organization—to death.

A Leader’s #1 Task: Replicate Yourself!

Makarios Consulting

However, these followers most often work in a siloed manner, without insight into how the entire enterprise fits together – that knowledge and understanding resides only with the dominant leader.

Dinged From MBB Consulting Firms – Now What?

Management Consulted

If you are an undergrad who has been turned down for a summer internship at MBB, going in to finance is your next best bet. In addition, having a finance internship under your belt shows that you’ve got the necessary quant skills to succeed in consulting. If finance doesn’t really excite you (and let’s face it, we don’t blame you), landing an internship at a brand-name company should be next on your list.

5 Entrepreneurship Skills You’ll Get from an MBA

Tom Spencer

The school environment helped them develop networks that played a key role in launching their enterprises. An MBA also allows you to sharpen your hard skills in areas such as finances, operations, strategy, planning, supply-chain management, and legal.

Wholesale Transaction Banking: Leveraging “Fin” and “Tech”


Wholesale transaction banking—which includes payments, cash management, and trade finance—generated about $370 billion in revenues globally in 2015. In addition, the increasing adoption of treasury management systems (TMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms gives corporate treasurers a powerful alternative to bank portals. Article Monday, September 26, 2016. Currently, about one-third of payments-related fintech investment is going to B2B providers.

Executives on Demand: What are part-time CEOs and why does every business need one?


The Necessity of C-suites in Micro to Enterprise Level Businesses. Formerly, C-suite teams were typically associated with enterprise level organizations. Even enterprise level businesses that already have a C-Suite team, may be faced with a challenging business transformation and would require an executive level augment of their services for a specified, interim period of time.

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The Challenge of Activation

Kates Kesler

There are only so many ways to design enterprise structure. The work of support and operating functions like finance, marketing, supply chain and human resources must change to leverage these technologies, and do so in a way that serves enterprise objectives, as well as the needs of individual businesses. Leaders do not know how and are not motivated to work in a matrix – metrics and reward systems continue to reinforce lack of enterprise thinking.

Taking Greater Risks to Enjoy Greater Rewards with David Baker: Podcast #14

Consulting Success

David focuses on finances, benchmarking, performance, and positioning of firms, as well as PR, advertising, and more. A successful entrepreneurial enterprise yields profit consistently, while those who find that they are constantly having cash flow problems are, in reality, the ones that are having legitimate business problems. An entrepreneurial enterprise yields profit consistently.” — David Baker. “At

Bridging Organization Design and Performance

Kates Kesler

Have conglomerates and diversified companies under-performed because of failures in enterprise strategy? Our markets are moving at lightning speed, both the enterprise market as well as the printing and PC market, and we need to be faster, we need to be more nimble, we need to have a cost structure that is appropriate for the competitors that we face in both those businesses,” she told the business press in May, 2015 (CNBC 2015).

Blockchain as Monetized Infrastructure

Tom Spencer

The Quasar Payment Network is intended to enable a peer-to-peer micro transaction network between consumers, enterprises and IoT. In other words, the firm is using blockchain not to become a traditional bank but to build a payment gateway that enables enterprise. She is also an author, journalist and has just obtained her EMBA from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. For those struggling to understand blockchain, think of it this way.

China’s Role in Africa

Tom Spencer

According to a McKinsey report , China is one of the top economic partners for Africa across five dimensions: trade, level of foreign direct investment (FDI), growth of FDI, infrastructure financing, and aid.

10 Must Read Books for a Business Consultant


The E-Myth credo, Don't work IN your business, work ON it, is spelled out here in the seven essential disciplines followed by every leader of a world-class enterprise. Our list of highly recommended books to help you succeed as a consultant.

Eternal Trust Number 37


As chief accountant for Yuncheng City Investment, a financing vehicle for the local government, Mr Qiao has played a crucial role in the development of this gritty steelmaking city in central China. State Owned enterprises investing in economically nonviable projects will never lose money either. The concern ought to be that absurd lending to unprofitable, poorly-managed companies and State-Owned-Enterprises (SOEs), continues, not that it ends.

Infosys Consulting Interviews & Culture

Management Consulted

Enterprise Processes. Finance and Controlling Processes. Enterprise Applications. Agile Enterprise. INFOSYS CONSULTING. Birthed in 2004 as a spin-off of Indian tech outsourcing behemoth Infosys Technologies, Infosys Consulting is quickly climbing the charts as an industry leader in IT Operations and Strategy consulting. The firm supports clients across 50 countries with a massive employee base of almost 135,000 people. INFOSYS CONSULTING KEY STATS.

PM vs PMM: Where do you fit?

Tom Spencer

The PM focused on product development, strategy, international go-to-market planning and execution, and collaborated with management, finance, hardware engineering and third-party partner teams. She is currently working as an Associate Product Marketing Manager (APMM) at Microsoft within the Azure, Cloud + Enterprise team. In technology and software companies, there are product management (PM) and product marketing management (PMM) roles.

Organizational Fitness for Growth: Five Insights for CEOs

Kates Kesler

Nearly every function from marketing to human resources and finance was replicated at each level: Enterprise functions and infrastructure. Functional infrastructure would be elevated to the enterprise level, or pushed down into the regional, anchor operating-unit level. integrated software platform development in McKesson’s healthcare technology businesses), but the enterprise needs to consider capabilities as well. Learning from Big Companies.

Oliver Wyman interview preparation: the inside story

Management Consulted

And, of course, their claim to fame, Financial Services , is broken down into even more practices including: Finance and Risk. Corporate and Finance and Advisory. The capabilities within these diverse fields include: Strategy - helps leading enterprises develop, build, and operate strong businesses. Risk Management – assists CFOs and other finance executives on matters of finance and risk, global risk and trading, and compliance and governance.

‘Uberization’ of consulting: A major disruption or merely hype?

Tom Spencer

Scalability Issues: Large projects involving multiple consultants, like enterprise level technology implementation, will be difficult to effectively execute through this model. Some of these top consulting firms also have strong alumni networks in industry, finance, law and government. It makes sense that an enterprise-level software upgrade is best carried out by the firm that owns the software or the firm that implemented it in the first place.

Job Hub: Boeing Jobs and Culture

Management Consulted

Supplying ground-breaking technology and product to major enterprises such as NASA and the U.S. 28% of Management Consultants Pursue Finance. Today we highlight tremendous business analyst and post-consulting leadership jobs at Boeing. Boeing is an American multinational corporation based in Chicago, Illinois that is known for revolutionizing the aerospace and defense industries.

Currency Lessons: Think a Sinking Currency is Always Good For Manufacturers?


But recall what Brazil''s finance minister said on March 3, 2012 in a currency war declaration on the US: " When the real appreciates, it reduces our competitiveness. Bhatia, head of the enterprise business at television maker Videocon Industries, said in an August 21 interview. In the meantime, please consider Japan Finance Minister Seeks Record Debt Servicing on Interest on National Debt; What''s Next? Currency Lessons. Brazil learned a currency lesson first, now India.

Australia's Alleged Conservatives Surrender to Unions; GM Australia vs. GM US; Currency Madness Everywhere


Labor Party heavy and former ACTU secretary Greg Combet is one of the appointees - he is going to advise on enterprise bargains with the unions. For 20 years, regardless of the legislation, about half of our companies have been incrementally enterprise bargaining themselves into bankruptcy, while the other half have not. It is not always easy to say no to unions, and occasionally you must negotiate, but no company can be forced to make an enterprise agreement.

Oliver Wyman Careers


Corporate finance advisory. They help senior management design and implement a wide variety of enterprise-wide changes. Interest in Oliver Wyman careers has grown as the firm is one of the fastest-growing consultancies within the top ten. Smaller firms have an easier time being fast-growing; so the top ten distinction is critical here.) Currently Oliver Wyman has 60 offices in 27 countries with 4,500 employees.

Job Hub: Salesforce Jobs and Culture

Management Consulted

The company specializes in enterprise cloud computing applications, particularly customer relationships management (CRM), allowing companies to automate their sales and customer service processes. 28% of Management Consultants Pursue Finance. Today we highlight tremendous business analyst and post-consulting leadership jobs at Salesforce.