NEOMA Alumni and NEOMA Business School identify performance management and auditing challenges
Published on 25 November 2021 by NEOMA
Graduates from NEOMA Alumni and professors at NEOMA Business School continue their special collaboration by co-publishing the thirteenth book of their collection released by Pearson publishers. Focused on auditing and performance, this latest edition puts into perspective the new challenges that have confronted businesses since the start of the health crisis.
The current health crisis: driver of digital, social and environmental changes
Many businesses undergo audits, which are a genuine source of opportunity for taking a critical and constructive look at the company’s management and applying optimisation solutions for its processes. The global health crisis has become an incontestable driver for digital, social and environmental changes and has pushed businesses to review these strategies so they can ensure a tactical direction that is adapted and adaptive to the current context. “Today more than ever, guidance and reporting are core concerns for company executives. It is vital that businesses can obtain reliable real-time data, perform simulations and understand how the impact of this crisis affects their financial and accounting outlook, particularly on the value of tangible and intangible assets and on counterparty risks,” said Jean-Michel Huet, the book’s co-editor.
The crisis has also raised awareness among companies with regards to their social responsibility, their contribution to sustainable development and the meaning of their economic models. “The current transformations have a particular impact on auditing and performance. With the current CSR stakes, new international challenges and the digital transformation, it is essential that businesses understand these dynamic factors so they can continue forward in the post-Covid world,” Jean Michel Huet said. That is why in the coming years, extra-financial reporting, in particular calculating a company’s environmental and societal footprint, will no longer be secondary information but essential data. “Never before have we had access to so much financial and non-financial information to help with decision making. Nonetheless, we still have questions on the reliability of this information. Auditing is the key to trusting and guaranteeing the comparability of this data, regardless of the size of the company in question,” said Isabelle Tracq-Sengeissen, co-editor of the book.
What changes to auditing have occurred in companies?
Divided into two parts, the first part of this book looks at the different aspects of performance management with the tools provided to companies: dashboards, war rooms and war games*, International Financial Reporting Standards and the impact of their evolution, human resources monitoring and optimisation, monitoring of commercial performance etc. The second part focuses more specifically on the changes in auditing such as the expansion of IFRS performance indicators, the impact of auditing for small businesses and SMEs, the digital revolution challenges and the need to respond to the societal performance criteria placed on companies. “In an economic context defined by volatility and growing uncertainty, auditors are currently questioning and wondering about their real performance. This introspection allows them to concentrate on the best way to respond to their customers main needs and expectations,” said Edouard Bucaille, the third co-editor of the book.
This thirteen edition, co-written by NEOMA Alumni and NEOMA Business School discusses the stakes and tools behind financial reporting for the purpose of evaluating the performance and resilience of companies as well as the recent changes in the auditing profession.
*Inspired by the technique that Winston Churchill made famous during the Second World War, these tools are used to anticipate guidance and quick decision-making.
This book is edited by:
Jean-Michel Huet: Partner at the consulting firm BearingPoint, he assists governments as well as telecom and energy operators with their strategic and digital transformation while overseeing the firm’s activities in Africa. A graduate of NEOMA Business School and Sciences Po Paris, he is a member of the NEOMA Alumni board of directors (and its former president for fifteen years) and he is also a member of the NEOMA Business School board of directors.
Isabelle Tracq-Sengeissen: Partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young), she is a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and vice president of the committee for professional standards at the Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes (CNCC). A graduate of NEOMA Business School, she is a member of the NEOMA Alumni board of directors and NEOMA/NEOMA Alumni firm manager at EY.
Edouard Bucaille: After working 20 years in internal and external auditing, he is currently director of finance integration projects at Engie group. A graduate of NEOMA Business School, he is the former administrator and treasurer of NEOMA Alumni. He heads the NEOMA Alumni literary club, Noèmes.
The co-authors are:
- Edouard Bucaille | Director of financial integration projects at Engie group
- Cédric Dapsens | Director of human resources for support positions at Terreos
- Charles Daussy | Head of the MSc Accounting, Audit and Advisory and assistant professor of management control at NEOMA Business School
- Laurent Gateau | Director of finance and strategy at Banque Centrale du Luxembourg
- Imène Haouet | Academic director of the preparatory year for the MS/MSc sandwich programme at NEOMA Business School
- Jean-Michel Huet | Partner at BearingPoint
- Frédéric Lainé | Partner at Productis
- Alexis Lemaître | Financial auditor at chez PwC
- Christine Marcouyoux |President of Productis
- Isabelle Miroir-Lair | Head of the Master in management control and professor of management control and corporate finance at NEOMA Business School
- Maria Ruiz Garcia | Head of the MSc Finance: Investment & Wealth Management and professor of Finance at NEOMA Business School
- Jean-François Serval | Certified accountant and founder of Audit Serval group
- Nathalie Subtil-Geeraerts | Head of the accounting, control and legal affairs academic department and associate professor at NEOMA Business School
- Isabelle Tracq-Sengeissen | Partner at EY
- Eric Villette | Project director at Aximum, Colas group
- Publisher: Pearson, “Eco Gestion” Collection
- Price: €23
- ISBN: 978-2-3260-0288-3
- 272 pages