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jeanstephens.pngAs 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

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

Fairtrade - Making a Difference

16 March 2011
Last week I spoke to you all about the European Business Awards - an independent awards programme that celebrates the successes of businesses and leaders throughout Europe.

Celebrating Entrepreneurship

11 March 2011
In tough economic times, entrepreneurship and innovation are more important than ever as companies and businesses continue to battle in an ever-crowded market place. An entrepreneurial spirit can make the difference between win and lose as the competition toughens.

Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa

4 March 2011
The wave of recent events culminating in geopolitical unrest across parts of North Africa and the Middle East is having wide-ranging repercussions on these varied and complex societies. It has also led to the emergence of that great enemy of the business community - uncertainty.

Inspired by India

25 February 2011
I just returned from a trip to Mumbai where I spent two days exploring the growth opportunities in India with the leaders of our member firm, RSM Astute Consulting*. Mumbai is very well known for its high energy and excitement and this trip certainly proved it no different.

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