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Intelligent Internal Control and Risk Management: Designing High-Performance Risk Control Systems Hardcover – May 28 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gower (May 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0566087995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0566087998
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
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'Matthew Leitch provides compelling evidence that a scientific approach to internal controls and risk management can significantly improve performance. This book combines theory with case studies and the author's unrivalled experience in implementing value-adding control systems.' Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of Z/Yen Group 'This book is about managing internal control systems and associated risk and uncertainty with a grin instead of a grimace. It focuses on value from creativity, rather than compliance by bureaucracy. It concerns psychological and political issues as well as systems and scientific issues. Integrating disciplines is at its heart. The last four chapters provide lots of implementation tips, building on numerous useful ideas explored earlier. It is refreshingly thoughtful in a maverick and informal manner - well worth a read.' - Chris Chapman, University of Southampton, and Senior Associate, The Nichols Group 'The scope of internal control, risk management and external audits has expanded exponentially over recent years and the costs have gone through the roof. But doing more of the wrong things, even if it means ticking the right regulatory boxes, has not taken organizations in the right direction. This book is a breath of fresh air. Matthew Leitch offers a new agenda for internal control and risk management based on clear and intelligent thinking and analysis. It shows how controls can add value rather than costs. Supported by many interesting examples this book should be compulsory reading for all senior managers and professionals in the risk management business.' Jeremy Hope, cofounder of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table and author of Reinventing the CFO

About the Author

Matthew Leitch is a qualified accountant and auditor with the mind of a designer. His background includes writing, psychology, mathematics, software development, audit, and accountancy. For seven years until 2002 he worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a specialist in internal controls and risk management. There he pioneered new methods of designing control systems through a series of projects with leading organizations. Matthew works as an independent consultant, researcher, and author.

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HASH(0x9ff8cfa8) out of 5 stars impressive achievement - a resource to return to again and again Jan. 18 2013
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This book contains a comprehensive tool-kit for improving quality of business processes and thereby reduce the risk of error. Matthew Leitch draws on auditors' specialist knowledge, best practice in design of computer software like databases and spreadsheets, and these are merged with techniques identified from analysing client businesses and developed over the author's extensive career as a business consultant.

As the pace of trade and innovation speeds up, systems have to respond by getting smarter and more robust in design. Other books on 'internal controls' focus on addressing regulations (such as the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002) which will go out of date, and follow a checklist approach which discourages creative impulse.

The book is unique - it provokes creative thought and inspires. Applying its "design led discipline" can benefit enterprises more than applying the proscriptive regulations drafted in response to scandals of maladministration and fraud in recent decades.

Having trained as a chartered accountant (equivalent to CPA) and computer auditor developing financial systems, I found Leitch's every chapter stimulated "aha" moments and fresh insights - a resource to return to again and again. His later chapters build on earlier ideas to offer side views and deeper insights. The author's background in psychology shows in the way he discusses human reactions and barriers to improvement, so this book offers a rounded picture not just bare technique.

Knowing how MBA teaching can be behind the times, I would urge Business Schools to adopt this book to cultivate students' imagination around systems of business control, to develop case studies illustrating how combinations of techniques may be applied. Corporation directors are now required to certificate that their organisations have adequate control over business processes, and this book gives them the tools to do this.