Troubador The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting

Released: 28/02/2017

ISBN: 9781785899287

Format: Paperback

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The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting

A New Operating System for Organisations: What it is and Why it Works


It is difficult to think of a business process that is as widely unpopular, dysfunctional and discredited as traditional budgeting - yet over a decade after the creation of the Beyond Budgeting movement, many business people are unaware of its existence.

And many of those that have heard of it find the Beyond Budgeting ideas difficult to grasp because they have been conditioned to think in a very narrow way about the process of management.

This small but serious handbook fills in these gaps in awareness and understanding by answering the question what is Beyond Budgeting? in a clear and succinct way to help managers make informed choices about the way that you run their business, as an alternative to blindly copying their predecessors.

Amongst the things covered in the book are:
> How the financial operating model used to organise and run the affairs of an enterprise impacts many aspects of corporate life, not just the level of business performance
> The universal law of complexity that explains why traditional budgeting will always fail to deliver what it promises: predictable performance.
> How the Beyond Budgeting process model is better equipped to deal with the complexity of modern organisational life and the uncertainty of the world
> Why and how an organisation has to be designed to complement the processes used to plan and control its activities.
> How Beyond Budgeting helps enable superior financial performance, more efficient processes and a more fulfilling environment for employees
> How to bring about change

The goal is to help build healthier, more adaptive organisations, better able to meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities thrown up by an unpredictable world.

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Steve Morlidge

Steve Morlidge has 30 years of practical experience in designing and running performance management systems in Unilever, including three years as the lead of a global change project. He is a former chairman of the European Beyond Budgeting Round Table and now works as a management thinker, writer and speaker, drawing on his years of experience at the leading edge of performance management thought and practice.

He is driven by an obsession with understanding how organizations work, and can be made to work better for the benefit of the organization and its shareholders but also for the people who work within it, whose experience of work is rarely fulfilling and purposeful. This manifests itself in an interest in both the philosophy and science of social organizations and the implications for day to day practice and practioners.

Steve Morlidge published Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting, John Wiley, in 2010, and ‘The Little Book of Beyond Budgeting’ published by Matador in early 2017. He is on the editorial board of Foresight, a forecasting practitioner’s journal published by the International Institute of Forecasting to which he regularly contributes. He is also a cofounder of CatchBull, a supplier of cutting edge forecasting performance management software.

Steve Morlidge is a visiting fellow at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK and has a PhD from Hull Business School in Yorkshire, UK focusing on the application of systems concepts to the design of complex organizations. He completed his BA with honors, and he is a qualified management accountant (CIMA).

He is married to Sue and has three grown children and a small white dog and lives in the Surrey countryside, south of London.

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