Finance as Analytical Partner to the Business

When major economies are constrained, business leaders find their growth engines stuck in low gear. At times like these, financial leaders need to collaborate more closely with their operations counterparts and drive precision in performance management.A 2012 survey by Bloomberg Businessweek Research Services analyzed the views of C-level and line-of-business executives around the world on the drivers of operational performance and the types of new information they are using or considering to improve their financial and operational performance. This research report provides insights, examples, and recommendations on how finance professionals can collaborate effectively with operating managers to find the right strategic edge.

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