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squarejeanjp2.jpgAs CEO of RSM, I’m always on the move working with RSM member firms in over 100 countries around the world. My travel gives me a unique perspective on both local challenges facing businesses and global trends shaping their future in a shifting economic landscape.

International accountancy has always been a fast-paced, exciting and rewarding industry. As technical as it may seem, our industry is also very much a people business. Through this blog, I plan on sharing with you  insights from my colleagues, our clients and other industry leaders which I hope you find interesting. And of course, I will keep you updated with news from within the RSM World.

I hope you enjoy reading.

Jean Stephens

Personality v qualification

25 July 2011
The global economic crisis has left an unwelcome mark on the so-called “lost generation” of professionals. Graduate employment prospects in many affected countries are the bleakest they have ever been. That said, it is fast becoming clear that in this competitive job market you need more than a solid degree.

Contractual Clauses Favouring The Big Four Must Become Something of The Past

14 July 2011
You may have seen a report in International Accounting Bulletin yesterday drawing attention to findings from Paul Gillis, a visiting professor of accounting at Peking University's Guanghua School of Mana

Emerging markets tunnel vision: Don’t forget about Latin America

29 June 2011
China’s booming economy continues to grow at a considerable rate and has helped pull much of the global economy away from the worst of the financial crisis. India’s youthful population has also buoyed many Western economists’ forecasts of continued economic growth.

The Business of Bio-Energy

16 June 2011
Our Irish member firm, RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, yesterday hosted "The Business of Bio-Energy" conference in Dublin with law firm Byrne Wallace.

Propelling growth in Malaysia

26 May 2011
Recently I had the pleasure of spending time with my colleagues in Malaysia celebrating the 33rd anniversary of our member firm RSM RKT Group, with staff and clients of the firm. Many congratulations to the RSM team in Malaysia on this great occasion.

Chinese economic growth bears expensive fruit

17 May 2011
Sometimes you have to look at the small stuff to understand the complexity of economic growth. My latest trip to China was eye opening. The cost of everyday items, such as the price of fruit has risen significantly this year - by all accounts some 31% in the past 12 months (consumer prices were up 5% in the year to March).

The client-consultant relationship

21 April 2011
On a daily basis I am reminded how fortunate I am to work with such a diverse range of personalities that comes with working in an international network – and particularly those that make up the extended RSM International network.

Austria's taxation dilemma

6 April 2011
The Financial Times published a thought-provoking article this morning that looks at a new tax introduced by the Austrian government last year. The new 25 percent levy on capital gains from stocks, bonds and other financial instruments aims to reduce the country's deficit by increasing state revenue.

Less, not more, red tape

25 March 2011
The amount of non-financial information in annual reports has grown substantially in the past ten years with questions being raised regarding the reliability of the information that companies include at the front of these reports.

Corporate Responsibility Steps Aside

23 March 2011
The term ‘corporate sustainability’ is increasingly uttered in the business world, and is gradually taking over from ‘corporate responsibility’ - and ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) before it - as the dominant paradigm of international corporate conduct.  In the wake of the global financial crisis, it is evident that increasing numbers of business leaders a

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