Our merchants are still dying on Flanders Fields

UPDATE: rewritten and adapted the title to integrate more properly some of the ideas of Prof. Dr. Peersman's study. Opening statement: as goes for all the articles on this blog, this article represents my personal views and only my views. It does not, in any way, represent a view of any of my former or … Continue reading Our merchants are still dying on Flanders Fields

Understanding basic governance for internal auditors

An internal auditor has an essential role to play in the governance of an organisation. Which is why it remains difficult to grasp for me why so few internal auditors have a basic understanding of governance principles. We have developed a high level introduction to governance for internal auditors, in Dutch, which provides a basic … Continue reading Understanding basic governance for internal auditors

Sharing courses – Internal audit reporting

The quality of internal audit reporting is often significantly below par. The number of times I’ve been confronted with reports that were too long, too convoluted, trying to prove to the reader the auditor had done a lot of work … are impossible to count. While the internal auditor ideally writes something that is digestible … Continue reading Sharing courses – Internal audit reporting

The relevance of a thesis for a master class in post-graduate education

It’s quite interesting to see that more and more master classes in post graduate education chose not to “impose” a thesis subject on their students. We’ve moved away from it in the context of the Master class Internal Audit at the Antwerp Management School as well. But in retrospect, I’m absolutely convinced we shouldn’t have. … Continue reading The relevance of a thesis for a master class in post-graduate education

The difference between a millionaire and a billionaire

When discussing equality and the 1% versus the 99%, the discussion often turns to the billionaire and what a billionaire represents. I’ve always considered, and still do, a millionaire to be a rich person. And a billionaire an even richer person. But do we actually completely understand the difference between rich and even richer? We … Continue reading The difference between a millionaire and a billionaire