Managerial Accounting: Analysis and Interpretation

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MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 2/e is written for the future user of accounting information. While the preparation of accounting information is an important skill, this text focuses on the analysis of the information generated by the accounting system for both planning and control decisions. For this reason, business majors and current and future managers will benefit greatly from the material presented. Accounting majors will also gain a better understanding of how accounting information is used for effective planning and control within all types of organizations. MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 2/e has a conceptual framework that focuses on using accounting information to make decisions that are reinforced through the use of numerical examples. Most textbooks cover concepts in isolation providing only half of the picture- McWatters gives students the "big picture" of real-world accounting by incorporating decision making in every chapter. The authors of this textbook firmly believe that students learn best when they can relate important concepts to the overall objective of management accounting: helping to achieve customer and organizational value through sound business decision-making.

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New interactive IDeA CD-ROM helps students apply the conceptual framework to realistic scenarios used in the text with decision tree software. Students make decisions based on customer needs, global competition, and technological change. From there, students will make new strategic planning and control decisions that ultimately lead to improved customer and organizational value. The CD also gives students auto-graded numerical problems, based off the examples from the book. By using the CD-ROM, students can develop both their quantitative and conceptual skills. An icon appears in the text where the student CD is applicable. The CD-ROM will be bundled free with the textbook.
New co-author, Cheryl McWatters, brings an international perspective to the text. She teaches financial and managerial accounting at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has been active in course development at McGill, especially in integrating technology. She has presented at major accounting and business conferences in Japan, Europe, the United States and Canada.
New dynamic web page at mhhe.com/business/accounting/mmz links students to valuable resources and links, current articles, on-line tutorials, and much more. Unlike most sites that only have 10-20 questions per chapter, M/M/Z will have 40 to 60 online quiz questions per chapter.
Emphasis on Understanding of Organizations: Students are exposed to many different organizational settings. They will gain an understanding of the different roles of managers within organizations and will see the importance of cross-functional skills to achieving success. They will also understand and appreciate the underlying importance of accounting information within an organization, as it is consistently related to the dichotomy of planning and control decisions.
Business Examples in Each Chapter: Chapter examples are built around organizations whose product or service is interesting to students. For example, a compact disc store, a skateboard manufacturer, and the department of motor vehicles. Each chapter opens up with a scenario that is continually updated throughout the chapter as new concepts are addressed allowing students to learn from the examples. Many examples are of smaller businesses that often deal with the increasingly vibrant service sector. The examples are vital to the understanding of the chapter, and are also used in the accompanying CD-ROM.
Logical Sequence: The first chapter focuses on the business environment, recent advances in management accounting, and the dual role of the accounting system. Chapters 2-5 focus on planning decisions within organizations. Chapters 6 & 7 return to the foundation of organization theory and identify organizational problems of control. Chapters 9-12 develop the basic theme of the trade-off that exists when using an accounting system for both planning and control decisions. The final 2 chapters (13, Investment Decisions and 14, Variance Analysis) can be taught at the end of the course or after Chapter 6 depending on individual instructor's preferences.
Pedagogical Features:
- Chapters open with learning objectives to provide students with a road map for the students.
- Concept Reviews are found at periodic points throughout the chapter to ensure that students have fully comprehended the presentation prior to continuing their study of the chapter. Answers appear at the end of the book.
- "Organizational Briefings" Sidebars present a scenario that students have observed and/or experienced in their own lives. By presenting a unique twist to this experience, students are challenged to rethink their experience and gain a new and different understanding. Explanations are provided at the end of the book.
- Numerical Examples and Solutions are found at relevant points throughout the chapters. They reinforce the key quantitative skills that students need to successfully complete the course. Numerical examples are revisited in the end of chapter material.

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