CFOs and accountants can hinder innovation, research suggests
CFOs and accountants can blunt businesses' innovation because they embrace accounting conservatism and often oppose changes that are disruptive but necessary, according to a research paper by Gilles Hilary, INSEAD associate professor of accounting and control. The fundamental problem is that accounting conservatism requires immediate recognition of possible losses but postpones recognition of revenue until it can be verified, the paper says. Knowledge.Insead.edu
How to build CFO-CMO cooperation
There is a communication gap between CFOs and chief marketing officers, a study shows. According to the study, CFOs report receiving less information from CMOs than marketing chiefs report sharing. In this blog post, Gene Morphis and Kimberly Whitler look at this issue and present steps these executives can take to improve communication. Harvard Business Review online/HBR blog network
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Have your career strengths become liabilities?
Qualities considered strengths in the workplace, such as creativity and preparation, can be debilitating if taken too far, author Jake Breeden says. For instance, a boss who is determined to be fair to everyone might end up rewarding poor performers. Take an online quiz to see whether you possess one of these "unexamined virtues." CNNMoney/Fortune
Business tips from an octopus' tentacle
Some octopuses change color to blend in with their surroundings, but they do so by delegating decisions about coloration to individual skin cells, writes Rafe Sagarin. Business leaders, too, can often achieve better results by leaving key decisions to individual workers. "[D]ecentralized organization yields faster, cheaper, and more effective solutions to complex problems," Sagarin writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network
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