The CPA Success blog has a good article on the new Chartered Global Management Accountant designation. This is a joint effort between two large accounting associations, the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
This is interesting for several reasons.
First, the accounting profession realizes businesses of all sizes are increasingly global. This means accounting professionals need to have the skills to advise their clients on global issues. It's good to see accountants looking to lead in this arena.
Second, the new accounting designation is designed to emphasize the human nature of organizations. They issued a white paper called Rebooting Business: Valuing the Human Dimension that explains this.
Regular readers will know Being Human is one of our Top 10 Small Business Trends of 2012.
One of the reasons it's on our top 10 list is we knew the Accounting Profession was stressing the importance of Being Human. Let's face it, if even accountants are trying to be more human how can this not be an important trend?
All kidding aside, going forward we see accountants playing an even more important - and strategic - role advising small businesses than they do today. Help with international business is one area, better understanding and using data to improve small business operations is another.
So we agree with CPA Success blog when they say:
"CPAs and management accountants today are more than number-crunchers. They're strategic business partners."