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The book builds knowledge in incremental steps, allowing students to develop the framework required to conceptualise the technicalities of cost accounting. It refers to the specifics of accounting practice in the South African context where relevant, developing students' competence for their workplace. Principles of cost accounting offers a holistic approach to understanding the work of a cost accountant and incorporates decision-making and communication skills.
Purchasing and cash disbursements are common targets for fraud in any entity's environment. Today, many practitioners, auditors, and management in industry are aware of the criticality of adequate internal controls, but may be uncertain whether existing controls in their organizations are adequate. It is important to understand common frauds and internal controls over the purchasing and cash disbursement cycle. Topics discussed include: The acquisitions cycle: ordering, receiving, and warehousing Cash disbursements cycle Payroll and expense reimbursement frauds External auditing and forensic investigations: conceptual and procedural differences Controls and design
This unique reference interweaves information on the three major overlapping parts of the total project program: programs (defined as techniques, procedures, and methods), people skills (defined as experience, application, and analytical ability), and the culture of project groups (defined as project commitment and working togetherness). Summarizing the skills necessary for an economic construction program, Effective Project Management Through Applied Cost and Schedule Control presents a detailed evaluation of current project skill levels...reveals a direct correlation between project team-building and cost/schedule control...offers rules of thumb for establishing and developing the scope of a project...suggests value management procedures for creating cost-effective construction designs...delineates a wide range of analytical trending techniques...covers change control and risk analysis...elucidates the procurement needs of a project...and more.
Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) awards are entry-level, core-skill focused qualifications from ACCA. They provide flexible options for students and employers, and as an ACCA Approved Content Provider, BPP Learning Media s suite of study tools will provide you with all the accurate and up-to-date material you need for exam success.
Copley's Essentials of Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizations, 13e is best suited for those professors whose objective is to provide more concise coverage than what is available in larger texts. The main focus of this text is on the preparation of external financial statements which is a challenge for governmental reporting. The approach in this edition is similar to that used in practice. Specifically, day to day events are recorded at the fund level using the basis of accounting for fund financial statements. Governmental activities are recorded using the modified accrual basis. The fund-basis statements are then used as input in the preparation of government-wide statements. The preparation of government-wide statements is presented in an Excel worksheet. NEW for the 13th edition is McGraw-Hill Connect, a digital teaching and learning environment that saves students and instructors time while improving performance over a variety of critical outcomes.
Praise for Project Management Accounting
"Let me start with what the Second Edition of Project Management Accounting is not....it is not an inch wide and a mile deep. Instead, it provides multiple lenses to anticipate both intended and unintended consequences through sound principles of Project Management and accounting as well as inquiry focused on both risks to the project and reputational capital. It should be on every decision makers bookshelf to pick up and remind them of their essential foundation when they face a major project or the risk of mental myopia." --Barry van Dyck, PhD, Recruiting and Admissions Director, EMBA, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Acquire the accounting knowledge and skills to become a top-performing Project Management professional
Project Management accounting involves much more than just understanding how project income and expense impact the general ledger. To truly succeed in today's competitive business environment, project managers must also understand how to budget resources, determine ROI, and track costs and expenses for projects as well as become adept at strategy and executive decision making and portfolio management. With its focus on accounting, Project Management Accounting: Budgeting, Tracking, and Reporting Costs and Profitability, Second Edition is designed to enhance the business skills of project managers at all levels of experience.
Now in a fully updated second edition, Project Management Accounting clearly explains step-by-step how project expensing (for both internal projects and outside vendors) should be capitalized or expensed in order to keep the budget on track and improve profitability. The proficient author team of Callahan, Stetz, and Brooks culls their decades of experience to show readers how to achieve the greatest tax/cost savings by helping them determine what portion of the project can be capitalized.
This Second Edition of Project Management Accounting includes current case studies and sample checklists to help professionals hit the ground running by immediately applying concepts to their own business scenarios. Here, CFOs, controllers, project managers, and accounting managers will discover how to:
Understand risk assessment from an accounting and auditing perspectiv
Maximize project outcomes by leveraging accounting and financing tools and principles
Improve each project's profitability by understanding its costs and benefits
Analyze their business's financial information to choose the right project, every time
Apply proper accounting principles to a project
Develop a project budget based on a company's financial performance and needs
Project Management Accounting provides the knowledge and skills to become proficient in Project Management and maximize the profitability and ROI of any project.
This international best-seller provides a clear and accessible introduction to cost and management accounting. Colin Drury's renowned authoring expertise blends theory and practice and the text encompasses all the basic topics needed on an introductory course. Now in its seventh edition, Cost and Management Accounting has been carefully updated to ensure it precisely fits the latest course and examination requirements. New to this edition: new and revised Real World View mini case studies; thorough stylistic overhaul to offer greater clarity and accessibility; and, all theory and applications fully revised and updated throughout.
This practical guide to cost studies of buildings has been updated and revised throughout for the 6th edition. New developments in RICS New Rules of Measurement (NRM) are incorporated throughout the book, in addition to new material on e-business, the internet, social media, building information modelling, sustainability, building resilience and carbon estimating. This trusted and easy to use guide to the cost management role: Focuses on the importance of costs of constructing projects during the different phases of the construction process Features learning outcomes and self-assessment questions for each chapter Addresses the requirements of international readers From introductory data on the construction industry and the history of construction economics, to recommended methods for cost analysis and post-contract cost control, Cost Studies of Buildings is an ideal companion for anyone learning about cost management.
The book introduces pragmatic constructivism as a paradigm for understanding actors' construction of functioning practice and for developing methods and concepts for managing and observing that practice. The book explores, understands and theorises organisational practices as constructed through the activities of all organisational actors. Actors always act under presumptions of a specific actor-world-relation which they continuously construct, adjust and reconstruct in light of new experiences, contexts and communication. The outcome of the actor-world-relation is a reality construction. The reality construction may function successfully or it may be hampered by fictitious and illusionary elements, due to missing or faulty actor-world relations. The thesis is that four dimensions of reality - facts, possibilities, values and communication - must be integrated in the actor-world-relation if the construct is to form a successful basis for effective, functioning actions. Drawing on pragmatic constructivism, the book provides concepts and ideas for studies regarding actors and their use of management accounting models in their construction of organized reality. It concentrates on researching and conceptualizing what creates functioning reality construction. It develops concept and methods for understanding, analysing and managing the actors' reality constructions. It is intended for people who do research on or work actively with developing management accounting.
The easy way to get a grip on cost accounting
Critical in supporting strategic business decisions and improving profitability, cost accounting is arguably one of the most important functions in the accounting field. For business students, cost accounting is a required course for those seeking an accounting degree and is a popular elective among other business majors.
"Cost Accounting For Dummies" tracks to a typical cost accounting course and provides in-depth explanations and reviews of the essential concepts you'll encounter in your studies: how to define costs as direct materials, direct labor, fixed overhead, variable overhead, or period costs; how to use allocation methodology to assign costs to products and services; how to evaluate the need for capital expenditures; how to design a budget model that forecast changes in costs based on expected activity levels; and much more.Tracks to a typical cost accounting courseIncludes practical, real-world examplesWalks you though homework problems with detailed, easy-to-understand answers
If you're currently enrolled in a cost accounting course, this hands-on, friendly guide gives you everything you need to master this critical aspect of accounting.
Passcards provide all the knowledge required for the Elements of Costing unit. Passcards are A6, spiral bound revision aids which students can carry to revise wherever, whenever. Features include: topics presented in the same order as the Course Book, ability to focus on tricky syllabus areas, aid revision by giving clear, visual emphasis to key points, suitable for both paper and computer based exams. Our materials and online equivalents will help ensure you are ready for your assessments and prepared for your career in accounting.
For undergraduate and MBA Cost or Management Accounting courses. The text that defined the cost accounting market Horngren's Cost Accounting defines the cost accounting market and continues to innovate today by consistently integrating the most current practice and theory into the text. This acclaimed, market-leading text emphasizes the basic theme of "different costs for different purposes," and reaches beyond cost accounting procedures to consider concepts, analyses, and management. The 16th Edition, Global Edition, incorporates the latest research and most up-to-date thinking into all relevant chapters, so that students are prepared for the rewards and challenges they will face in the professional cost accounting world of today and tomorrow. MyLabTM Accounting not included. Students, if MyLab is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN and course ID. MyLab should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. About the book Use the most current information to prepare students for their field Emphasis on Global Issues reflect today's increasingly global business environment. The importance of joint cost allocation in creating a trade war between poultry farms in South Africa and the United States (Chapter 16). The text's examples of management accounting applications in companies are drawn from international settings. Focus on merchandising and service sectors (versus traditional manufacturing settings)highlight the shifts in the US and world economies. Several Concepts in Action boxes focus on the merchandising and service sectors, including achieving cost leadership at Trader Joes, using activity-based costing to reduce the costs of health care delivery at the Mayo Clinic (Chapter 5), reducing fixed costs at Twitter (Chapter 2), and analyzing operating income performance at Best Buy (Chapter 12) and web-based budgeting at 24 Hour Fitness. Emphasis on sustainability as one of the critical managerial challenges of the coming decades, including material that stress themes of recognizing and accounting for environmental costs, energy independence and the smart grid, setting stretch targets to motivate greater carbon reductions, using cost analysis, carbon tax, and cap-and-trade auctions to reduce environmental footprints, and constructing "green" homes in a cost-effective manner. More focus on the role of accounting concepts and systems in fostering and supporting innovation and entrepreneurial activities in firms including: o The challenges posed by recognizing R&D costs as period expenses even though the benefits of innovation accrue in later periods. o How companies budget for innovation expenses and develop measures to monitor success of the innovation efforts delinked from operational performance in the current period (Chapter 6). o The importance of nonfinancial measures when making decisions about innovation (Chapter 11). o The concept that innovation starts with understanding customer needs (Chapter 13). o Process innovations for improving quality (Chapter 19). Cutting-edge topics are covered, including material around recent trends in big data and data analytics in predicting costs and when making demand forecasts. Provide a solid presentation of accounting hallmarks with a great emphasis on strategy Strategy maps are presented as a useful tool to implement the balanced scorecard and a simplified presentation of how income statements of companies can be analyzed from the strategic perspective of product differentiation or cost leadership. A new section helps students evaluate strategy maps such as the strength of links, differentiators, focal points and trigger points. Try It examples are simple and focus on key ideas or concepts. They are located after a particular concept or calculation, and invite students to practice what they have just learned. Becker Multiple Choice Questions in the assignment material probe students' knowledge of the chapter material and their ability to think critically about key concepts. Opening Vignettes. Each chapter opens with a vignette on a real company situation. The vignettes get students engaged in a business situation, or dilemma, illustrating why and how the concepts in the chapter are relevant in business. New examples on Quiksilver, General Motors, Boeing, Delta, Honda, and Viacom have been incorporated. Concepts in Action Boxes. Found in every chapter, these boxes cover real-world cost accounting issues across a variety of industries including automobile racing, defense contracting, entertainment, manufacturing, and retailing. New examples include Subway, Chipotle, H&M, Amazon, Under Armour, and Netflix.
Passcards provide all the knowledge required for the Management Accounting: Costing unit. Passcards are A6, spiral bound revision aids which students can carry to revise wherever, whenever. Features include: topics presented in the same order as the Course Book, ability to focus on tricky syllabus areas, aid revision by giving clear, visual emphasis to key points, suitable for both paper and computer based exams. Our materials and online equivalents will help ensure you are ready for your assessments and prepared for your career in accounting.
Fundamentals of Cost Accounting provides a direct, realistic, and efficient way to learn cost accounting, integrated with new technology learning tools. Fundamentals is short (approximately 700 pages) making it easy to cover in one semester. The authors have kept the text concise by focusing on the key concepts students need to master. The Decision opening vignettes and Business Application boxes show realistic applications of these concepts throughout. All chapters conclude with a Debrief that links the topics in the chapter to the decision problem faced by the manager in the opening vignette. Comprehensive end-of-chapter material provides students with all the practice they need to fully learn each concept.McGraw-Hill Connect Accounting Plus provides students every advantage as they strive to understand the key concepts of cost accounting and its role in business. Connect Accounting Plus offers a complete digital solution with a robust online learning and homework management system, an integrated media-rich eBook, assignable end-of-chapter material, algorithmic functionality, and reporting capabilities. Contained within Connect Accounting is McGraw-Hill's adaptive learning system, LearnSmart, which is designed to help students learn faster, study more efficiently, and retain more knowledge for greater success.
Designed for management students from a non-finance background, this book introduces the basic concepts of accounting and finance in an easy-to-understand manner. The book comprehensively covers the fundamental concepts of financial accounting, cost accounting, management accounting and financial management. It also introduces international accounting standards covering US GAPP and IFRS. Accounting and Finance for Non-finance Managers helps to develop the generic skills of application, problem-solving, evaluation and communication in the areas of accounting and finance to aid young managers in making appropriate business decisions. Key Features: * Text and theory supported by numerous examples, diagrams, activities, solved illustrations, practice modules, unsolved exercises, case studies and suggestions for project work. * Cases and examples extracted from newspapers, annual reports and financial reports of real-time companies to help practical understanding. * Robust companion website including additional solved illustrations, test bank, PPTs and manuals for classroom teaching.
Cost Management: A Strategic Emphasis, by Blocher/Stout/Juras/Cokins is dedicated to answering the question: Why Cost Management? Blocher et al. provide the cost-management tools and techniques needed to support an organisation's competitiveness, improve its performance, and help the organisation accomplish its strategy. The text is written to help students understand the broader role of cost accounting in helping an organisation succeed - and not just the measurement of costs. While the text does include coverage of traditional costing topics (e.g., job-order costing, process costing, service-department cost allocations, and accounting for joint and by-products), its primary strength is the linkage of these topics, as well as more contemporary topics, to an organisation's strategy. This message is reinforced by a dynamic author team, all four of whom have close ties to current cost management practice.
Principles, Process and Practice of Professional Number Juggling (Volume 1 of the Working Guides to Estimating & Forecasting series) sets the scene of TRACEability and good estimate practice that is followed in the other volumes in this series of five working guides. It clarifies the difference between an Estimating Process, Procedure, Approach, Method and Technique. It expands on these definitions of Approach (Top-down, Bottom-up and `Ethereal') and Method (Analogy, Parametric and `Trusted Source') and discusses how these form the basis of all other means of establishing an estimate. This volume also underlines the importance of `data normalisation' in any estimating procedure, and demonstrates that the Estimating by Analogy Method, in essence, is a simple extension of Data Normalisation. The author looks at simple measures of assessing the maturity or health of an estimate, and offers a means of assessing a spreadsheet for any inherent risks or errors that may be introduced by failing to follow good practice in spreadsheet design and build. This book provides a taster of the more numerical techniques covered in the remainder of the series by considering how an estimator can potentially exploit Benford's Law (traditionally used in Fraud Detection) to identify systematic bias from third party contributors. It will be a valuable resource for estimators, engineers, accountants, project risk specialists as well as students of cost engineering.
Cost Accounting & Management Essentials You Always Wanted To
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business decisions. It explains the concepts in a concise and
easy-to-understand manner for business professionals. This book
includes Cost Accounting FUNDAMENTALS, SOLVED Exercises, Important
CONCEPTS & PRINCIPLES and Ample PRACTICE Exercises.
Addressing the chronic underestimation of capital and operating costs in urban transportation projects, this book provides a detailed analysis of the cost estimating process using case studies from three U.S. cities and outlines a practical framework for this process. The work goes beyond a simple quantitative approach to explaining cost underestimation and looks at the planning process as a tool for both argumentation and structuring the argumentation. This approach highlights the difficulties in several components of the estimating process and suggests specific and practical actions to address these problems. The proposed framework will strengthen the estimating function and the link between analysis and decision in urban transportation planning. This work will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in transportation planning, urban planning, and transportation engineering.
". . . the presentation is lucid and the examples and math are not taxing. Furthermore, the pedagogical and other improvements in the text are more than marginal; they are major, and make the purchase of this second edition well 'worth it' even if you have the first."
"Listing all of its virtues would be superfluous. Levin and McEwan have produced an excellent resource for teaching, a valuable handbook for practitioners, and a solid guide to research."
--David Plank, COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW, Feb. 2002
"Every student in evaluation studies and all who aspire to become professional evaluators must have some minimal knowledge of cost-effectiveness. The content of this book should admirably serve that purpose and should be required reading in all programs that prepare professional evaluators both inside and outside the field of education. The purpose of the book is to familiarize the reader with the uses, concepts, and applications of cost-analysis approaches to educational evaluations. Careful attention is given to outlining the development and use of cost-feasibility, cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility as complimentary techniques for assisting educational decisions."
--Darrell R. Lewis, Educational Policy, University of Minnesota
"Those of you teaching cost analysis and management of human services systems should look carefully at this text. Human services professional managing systems are confronted with the problems of being increasingly more efficient. This text will help you teach those students entering the field about how to conduct analytical studies of their management practices. I award the authors many accolades for an excellent treatment of a very complex topic which is now translated into useable materials for management."
--Jon S. Ebeling, Political Science, California State University, Chico
"Research shows that smaller class sizes generate benefits in the form of higher achievement. But does that mean that reducing class size is a cost-effective policy change? This book by Levin and McEwan provides the analytical tools and concepts for educational policy makers to address that and many other policy questions. It defines and distinguishes various concepts of cost analysis, including cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit and cost-utility analysis, and makes a compelling case for their usefulness to policy makers. The book offers an essential analytical foundation for all policy makers in education interested in spending money wisely and productively."
--Helen F. Ladd, Public Policy Studies & Economics, Duke University
Why should applied researchers be concerned with cost-effectiveness analysis? Answer: Because it will enable them to discover if a particular program or policy has attained maximum effectiveness for a given budget. Designed so that an individual can utilize this book as part of an informal course of self-study or in a formal course on the subject, Levin and McEwan provide readers with the step-by-step methods to plan and implement a cost-analysis study. Through the use of numerous examples drawn from the applied literature, the authors explain, demonstrate and illustrate the four major techniques of cost analysis: cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, cost-utility, and cost-feasibility. They examine issues that are pertinent to the choice of analysis and its implementation; the nature of costs, including how to identify, measure, and distribute costs; measuring effectiveness, utility, and benefits; and, lastly the challenges to incorporating cost evaluations in the decision making process. In-depth exercises are included at the end of each chapter to enable readers to sharpen their ability to evaluate policy options and program effectiveness. (The feedback to these exercises are provided in an Appendix at the end of the book). The authors also provide readers with recommended readings at the end of chapters and a comprehensive bibliography of methodological sources on cost analysis and educational cost studies at the end of the book. This book will enable readers to reduce the costs of reaching particular objectives, and expand what can be accomplished for any particular budget or resource constraint.
Although there are numerous books on alternative accounting methods, such as Lean accounting, none focus on the impact of time and how accounting practices can be modified to acknowledge the power of time. This book addresses this need. The Monetary Value of Time: Why Traditional Accounting Systems Make Customers Wait presents a framework for assessing the value of time in terms of organizational strategy and competitive advantage. The framework presented will enable organizations to develop consistent measures and ensure that their cost accounting system isn't motivating behaviors that add to lead time and make customers wait. The framework outlined in this book is relevant to the managerial and cost accounting practices in today's manufacturing environment, which is increasingly moving away from mass production to custom manufacturing. The framework is supported by high-level metrics, which are reinforced by operational metrics. This is supported by accounting data that recognize the value of time. Pricing models that incorporate the concept of time are presented. The book provides many examples of how the use of standard costing and traditional accounting practices in a high-mix/low-volume production environment can produce contradictory or even inaccurate results that form the basis for poor decisions that may actually move your organization farther from its objectives. The book arms readers with options for overcoming traditional barriers by applying direct costs at an item level, while applying overheads at a macro or value stream level. For example, while GAAP requires overhead application for inventory valuation, a common misconception is that overhead must be applied at an item level. In fact, overhead can be absorbed by one journal entry. Demonstrating the linkages between time-based accounting data and meaningful business metrics that drive bottom line results, the book presents methods and metrics that have been successfully applied by the author in manufacturing environments.
Performance management is key to the ongoing success of any organisation, allowing it to meet its strategic objectives by designing and implementing management control systems. This book goes beyond the usual discussion of performance management in accounting and finance, to consider strategic management, human behaviour and performance management in different countries and contexts. With a global mix of world-renowned researchers, this book systematically covers the what, the who, the where and the why of performance management and control (PMC) systems. A comprehensive, state-of-the-art collection edited by a leading expert in the field, this book is a vital resource for all scholars, students and researchers with an interest in business, management and accounting.
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