Category Archives: Published work

International fraud, corruption and the economic crisis: what connection is there between defence contracts, banks, USA, Tanzania and Romania?

A possible answer may be found in the article bellow which I wrote for the last issue of Forbes. The article aims to look for reasons of the sharp raise in international corruption cases compared to the global downturn trail. References are made to SFO’s investigation of British Aerospace (BAE) as well as several corruption surveys and FCPA analysis.

PDF version available at the link bellow (Romanian version only):
“International fraud, corruption and the economic crisis”, Forbes Romania Nr. 24, 8-19 February 2010, 80-81

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Who benefits of lobbying self regulation?

Romanian readers may find useful the following resource on the subject of lobbying:
www.reglementare-lobby.ro

Commissioner Siim Kallas announced considers as a great success the fact that 2,100 lobbyists voluntarily registered themselves in the EC’s “Register of interest groups”. Is this the case?

A possible answer as well as an analysis of what lobbyists self regulation may bring to improving transparency in Romania can be found in an article I wrote for Forbes Romania (available in Romanian only):
“Who benefits of lobbying self regulation?”, Forbes Romania No. 20, 14-27 December 2009

Forbes: Demystifying lobbying, a required amendment for a moral injustice

Romanian readers may find useful the following resource on the subject of lobbying:
www.reglementare-lobby.ro

Forbes Romania published one of my articles on lobbying. Following the results of Rywin’s case in Poland, I focused on stating the difference between lobbying and traffic of influence and the necessity of lobby regulation in Romania.

You may read the article, in Romanian, in PDF format:
“Demystifying lobbying, a required amendment for a moral injustice”, Forbes Romania, No. 18, 16-28 November 2009

Book launching: “Lobby regulation. Inside the antechambre of influence”

C.H. Beck Publishing has the pleasure to invite you on November 11, 2009 to the launching event of the book “Lobby regulation. Inside the antechambre of influence” written by Liviu Mihaileanu and Aurelian Horja. The event will take place at the Law Faculty of Bucharest University (36-46 Kogalniceanu Blvd., Bucharest).

Besides defining the lobby activities and presenting lobbying tactics and tools, the book clarifies aspects such as the difference between lobby and trafic of influence and makes a comparative analysis of lobby regulation in USA, the European Union and EU member states.

For more information, please visit: www.reglementare-lobby.ro

How do we measure success? Is short-term performance an appropriate solution?

Ziarul Financiar published today one of my articles in which I asked myself these two questions. The article’s conclusion is that short-term performance is no longer a good way of measuring success and it should be measured in decades instead of quarters.

Regarding the current economic context, I underlined the fact that the USD 50 trillion contraction of global assets between September 2007 and March 2009 shows than many companies took excessive risks and used unrealistic expectations.

You may find a PDF copy (Romanian version only) at:
“Cum măsurăm succesul”, Ziarul Financiar, 2 Septembrie 2009

or you may read it online at:
http://www.zf.ro/

Analysis of lobby regulation in Romania, the European Union and the United States of America

Romanian readers may find useful the following resource on the subject of lobbying:
www.reglementare-lobby.ro

Debates on lobby regulation uncover a significant issue of the Romanian public law system as identifying its characteristics at international and Romanian level are an essential step in building the arguments of future regulations.

In this article, I aimed to perform a comparative analysis of lobby regulation characteristics in the European parliamentary systems (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom), the European Union and the United Stated of America against previous Romanian regulation endeavours. Also, the article underlines the necessity of lobby regulation to comply with national fundamental rights.

You may find bellow a PDF copy of the article (Romanian version with English abstract):
“Analysis of lobby regulation in Romania, the European Union and the United States of America,” The Public Law Journal No. 1(35), Institute of Administrative Sciences, Bucharest, January-March 2009, 98-107

Virtual teams: opportunity during crisis. Tips & tricks on effectively managing virtual project teams.

Market Watch recently published one of my articles regarding virtual teams’ management seen as an opportunity of cost-cutting and performance improvement. However, significant issues could arise in managing virtual team communication; overcoming them is one of the most challenging tasks of any project manager.

Article headlines:
– Available technologies;
– Tips & tricks on effectively managing virtual teams;
– Virtual communication problems: how can we overcome them?

You may find a PDF copy (Romanian version only) at:
“Echipele virtuale: oportunitate in timp de criza”, Market Watch Nr. 116, Iunie 2009, 12-13

or you may read it online at:
http://www.marketwatch.ro/articol/4991/Echipele_virtuale_oportunitate_pe_timp_de_criza/

IT investments management: solutions in a downturn

“Ziarul Financiar” published today one of my articles in which I stated that the indiscriminate slashing of IT investments could be harmful to the current economic context.

I believe this to be one of the most common traps companies fall into these days as medium and long term perspectives are overshadowed by short term cash flow requirements. Within the article, I also offered some suggestions for a short, medium and long term approach to IT investments.

You may read the full article (Romanian only) in PDF:
“Managementul investitiilor IT: solutii in timp de criza”, Ziarul Financiar, 3 iulie 2009

and online:
http://www.zf.ro/opinii/managementul-investitiilor-it-solutii-in-timp-de-criza-4613097/

Internal Audit changing expectations: from a controls-focused approach to a risk-centric mindset

Rapid change is quickly transforming the practice of internal audit raising significant issues for audit leaders and their chief stakeholders. As I highlighted in the article “Internal Audit Changing Expectations,” written for the “Financial Audit” Journal (published in April 2009), there is a clear gap between the current focus of many internal audit functions and where they need to set their sights in order to deliver greater value to their stakeholders.

Since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002), internal audit groups have been concentrating on financial and compliance risks, traditional areas of focus where their confidence levels are typically high. Consequently, to address the rising expectations of their chief stakeholders, internal audit groups tend to sharpen their focus on strategic, operational, and business risks.

Within the article I concluded that, throughout the next years, the value of controls-focused approach is expected to diminish as internal audit tends to adopt a risk-centric mindset. Study results indicate that five identifiable trends – globalization, changes in risk management, advances in technology, talent and organizational issues and changing internal audit roles – will have the greatest impact on internal audit in the coming years.

You may find bellow a PDF copy of the article (Romanian version with English abstract):
“Internal Audit Changing Expectations,” Financial Audit Magazine No.4(52), Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania, Bucharest, April 2009, 26-34

Intelligent Benchmarking

“Intelligent Benchmarking” is an article I wrote for the “Business Week” Journal in February 2009. The article provides some tips & tricks on how to perform a successful benchmarking process namely:

  • correctly identify your necessities,
  • explore the hidden parts of statistics,
  • identify the optimum benchmarking frequency,
  • heal yourself from the “we can’t do it” syndrome,
  • involve your people within the process.

You may find below a PDF copy (Romanian version only):
“Intelligent Benchmarking,” Business Week Journal No.122, McGraw-Hill Publishing, Bucharest, 24 February 2009