February 2019

Read the February 2019 issue of INTHEBLACK magazine.

A new book by Alibaba’s chief strategy officer, Dr Ming Zeng, explains how Alibaba’s model was developed and how it keeps the company on a growth path.

Alibaba’s Ming Zeng: applying technology to every part of the purchase chain


A plan to limit deductions for tax advice to A$3000 a year is running into some opposition.

Tax advice cap: limiting deductibility when taxpayers most need it


On being appointed the sixth head of the prestigious Melbourne Business School in March 2018, Professor Ian Harper’s mandate was to re-engage MBS with the university and various major external stakeholders. Photographer: Jarrod Barnes.

Economist Ian Harper's grand plans for business education


Before taking steps to fix audit quality, it needs to be reliably and consistently measured, in a comparable manner.

Audit quality: is it time for a different approach?


From passionate individuals with a dream to multinationals and  government departments, Elegant Media and Shane Perera (pictured) are creating streamlined apps to suit a range of clients.

Elegant Media: converting concepts into million-dollar businesses


Knowledge alone isn't enough to improve someone's financial health; it's about what you can do with that knowledge. Here's why financial literacy is so important.

Half of all Australians struggle with financial literacy. Are you one?


Good boss or good company - do you have to choose?

Good boss or good company: which is better for you?


A robot is demonstrated during the Japan Robot Week 2018. Data analytics and technologies such as the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) are creating new or improved roles.

Technology, talent lead 2019 trends for accountants in the Asia-Pacific


Slavery and bribery are likely to be top of the agenda for financial regulators in 2019. Here's a look at the landscape for regulations in the Asia-Pacific.

The regulations you face in 2019: Asia-Pacific snapshot


One of the greatest challenges of having a business based on a subscription model is figuring out exactly what the business is worth.

What you need to know about subscription business models


'Customers can design their own sports shoes at Nike's four-story flagship store in Shanghai.

Tested in China: why the country is now the world's retail lab


The basis of "The Entrepreneurial Accountant" author Phil Richards' advice to up-and-coming CPAs is to stay focused on what he calls his Five F's. Photographer: Luke Marsden.

What The Entrepreneurial Accountant can teach CPAs about success


Professional scepticism is defined in Australian auditing standards as “an attitude that includes a questioning mind, being alert to conditions which may indicate possible misstatement due to error or fraud, and a critical assessment of audit evidence”.

Why professional scepticism is a crucial weapon in an auditor's armoury


Joyce Routledge (left) and Cherie Bush (right) from iBase, which offers a different approach to Indigenous accounting.

A new way forward for Indigenous accounting


Complementary skills: Cameron Hill ASA and Cynthia Lahiff CPA, both of whom work at the Department of Education and Training, Victoria. Photographer: Jarrod Barnes.

Meet the two CPAs at Victoria's Department of Education and Training


When it comes to economic growth, productivity and profit margins, the “silver tsunami” of boomers poses a complex set of questions for governments and employers.

How to stem the exodus of ageing boomers from the workforce and hold back the silver tsunami


Great apps for business travel include WhatsApp, XE Currency, Duolingo and Flight Board.

10 apps that make great business travel companions


For all its perceived economic benefits, a workforce made up of temporary workers can create problems around culture and engagement, which in turn can contribute to absenteeism and a high attrition rate.

How to manage temporary workers and short-term hires


Lightspeed offers CRM and inventory within the point-of-sale system. Sophisticated data analytics are a potential source of customer data for retail businesses.

New to data analytics? These tools can get you started.


'IF functions are one of the most common source of errors in Excel spreadsheets. Learn how to use them correctly.

How to use Excel's IF function