Finance flash: the TOP-10 articles of week 25, 2020


Want to stay up to date with the latest developments in finance, but short on time? Don't worry. CFO South Africa weekly collects 10 of the most important articles from international media for your convenience.

1. The telltale signs of successful digital deals
Digital M&A is challenging—and often a necessity for digital transformation. Sophisticated acquirers boost their odds by addressing the pain points that undermine outperformance.

2. Netflix Just Made a Smart, Easy Change. Your Business Should Copy It
This is a story about Netflix and a very annoying problem. The good news is that Netflix just announced a fix. The even better news is that no matter what kind of business you run, the Netflix decision offers an intriguing example that might well pay off for you, too.

3. The Three Essentials of B2B Digital Transformation
Today we are witnessing a profound shift in how B2B leaders use digital to consume information, make informed buying decisions and engage with suppliers. Covid-19 has accelerated this shift, which will not abate when the pandemic recedes. Although the shift is easy to see, addressing it isn’t straightforward.

4. 4 things your company can do now to be ready for the future of work
Companies that are quickly moving away from business as usual and adopting new practices to attract, engage, and retain their workforce are coming out on top.

5. CFOs’ top 5 lessons for handling coronavirus crisis
The ongoing economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing businesses to re-evaluate their spending, staffing, and structure. Company leaders are looking to their CFOs and management accountants to advise them on how to navigate the unique financial challenges they face as a result of the outbreak.

6. The Six Biggest Post-Lockdown Challenges for Organisations
Gradually, apprehensively, entire nations are emerging from the bunkers after bending the coronavirus infection curve. Millions of people are once again heading back to offices after months of enforced isolation at home, many of them wearing masks and armed with hand sanitiser. Signs and even robots reminding people to distance themselves from others are everywhere. A new normal is taking shape, and the pressure for safeguarding human lives and supporting workers and morale is shifting from governments to businesses and organisations.

7. The value of value creation
Challenges such as globalization, climate change, income inequality, and the growing power of technology titans have shaken public confidence in large corporations. In an annual Gallup poll, more than one in three of those surveyed express little or no confidence in big business—seven percentage points worse than two decades ago.1 Politicians and commentators push for more regulation and fundamental changes in corporate governance. Some have gone so far as to argue that “capitalism is destroying the earth.”

8. Impact Investing in Covid-19 Times: A Three-Step Mission
The term “impact investing” has only been around for about 20 years. However, the concepts of good business practice and social responsibility have been with us for centuries. The Covid-19 pandemic represents one of the greatest challenges yet faced by this new-old sector.

9. Why Earnings Guidance Matters
Let’s put aside for the moment the likely frustration Diller and the finance chiefs of some of his Internet businesses must be feeling now as they navigate the future in a socially-distanced world, and instead hone in on why guidance matters. There are three reasons, which we’ll call the “three Vs.

10. Innovation in a crisis: Why it is more critical than ever
John F. Kennedy once observed that the word “crisis” in Chinese is composed of two characters—one representing danger, the other opportunity. He may not have been entirely correct on the linguistics, but the sentiment is true enough: a crisis presents a choice. This is particularly true today.

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