Forget strategy: hit profit targets?

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The Times’ Patrick Hosking points to yet another lambast against sort-termism. The Trouble with Strategy explains why Finance is to blame for this, how Strategy should and can offer a solid alternative. In essence, the article [referring to Daniel Pinto’s Capital Wars ] argues that management, haunted by a minority of aggressive investors, pursue short-term profit targets and fail to make high-value investments for the future.

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Integrated Reporting and tackling short-termism

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KPMG are amongst a large group of accounting firms and regulators involved in the International Integrated Reporting Council www.theiirc.org. The Council is working on guidelines for how companies should report information that more effectively explains to investors and other stakeholders how the business works. This, it is hoped, will enable better understanding of a firm’s performance and prospects, and tackle the issue of “short termism” amongst management and investors that is believed to be widespread and problematic. The guidelines ...

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