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Finance Executives: The New Overseers of Innovation

To help their companies thrive in a fiercely competitive economy, finance executives need to do more than just support innovation. They must model it. How they can successfully do so—and why it’s a necessity—is the focus of a new study conducted by CFO Research, in collaboration with CPA firm Cherry Bekaert. The survey, based on data from 161 finance executives at middle-market companies (defined as having revenues of up to $1 billion), details the finance function’s changing role in the innovation process: what’s fueling its growth, how the focus on innovation is rapidly reshaping their companies and which skills finance. Read More.

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Survey of Finance Executives: Innovation, too, Takes a Village

On their way to earning the label of “disruptive,” breakthrough innovations may look like they lack the potential to earn big profits. But what’s critical, say finance executives at middle-market companies, is to start with, and follow, customer needs. Such insights are among the revelations contained in a recent survey conducted by CFO Research, in collaboration with CPA firm Cherry Bekaert. The study, which is based on data from 161 finance executives at companies with revenues of up to $1 billion, found that even with the ascendancy of Big Data, half of respondents believe that developing new products and services. Read More.

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Finance Executives Calculate the Value of Innovation

Nowadays when finance executives at middle-market companies talk about the necessity of the business moving “beyond traditional boundaries” and “being bold,” they aren’t referring to expanding its geographical reach. In fact, those comments are part of a new survey exploring how middle-market finance leaders view innovation. Conducted by CFO Research, in collaboration with CPA firm Cherry Bekaert, the online survey collected data from 161 finance executives at companies with revenues of up to $1 billion. In both their written comments as well as their answers to fixed-choice questions, the finance leaders not only affirmed the necessity of ongoing innovation, but. Read More.

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