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Managerial Uses of Accounting Information

Demski, Joel

Originally published as a monograph

2nd ed. 2008

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  • First textbook in this area to offer an academic perspective
  • Not only for use as textbook but also as a reference book
  • Emphasizes economic fundamentals as foundation
  • Thematic approach instead of traditional presentations
  • Solutions manual for instructors will be easily obtainable on Dr. Demski's website

Managerial Uses of Accounting Information, Second Edition, emphasizes economic fundamentals in the study of product costing, decision making, and evaluation in organizations, using the accounting system as a "library" of financial information at the manager’s disposal.

Chapter One contains an introduction and overview. Chapters Two through Seven discuss product costing. Chapters Eight through Twelve deal with managerial decision making, with an emphasis on a "what it might cost?" theme. Chapters Thirteen through Eighteen discuss managerial performance evaluation, with an emphasis on a "did it cost too much?" theme; and Chapter Nineteen concludes and provides a synthesis. This edition may be used as an undergraduate or graduate textbook and as a professional reference. The solutions manual is available upon request at joel.demski@cba.ufl.edu.

"For any serious student of the use of accounting information Professor Demski's book is imperative. A plethora of institutional detail is anchored on intellectual foundations. It is the most important book on accounting since [Pacioli’s] Summa de Arithmetica."

John Fellingham
Fisher College of Business
Ohio State University

"This book is profound and engaging, an absolute gem. It is, by far, the most meaningful and disciplined treatment on the roles of accounting in organizations."

Geoff Sprinkle
Kelly School of Business
Indiana University

"Managerial Uses of Accounting Information is an excellent text that is the only one I know of that seriously addresses the question of product costing and decision making in a setting of interacting products, uncertainty, and strategic interactions among firms. It abstracts away from the details to get at what is fundamental and lasting about the accountant's art. Finally, its focus on decision framing is a novel and interesting unifying theme. It is a fantastic book to use for any advanced business class."

Richard A. Young
Fisher College of Business
Ohio State University

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Reporting - accounting/auditing - business information systems - finance/banking - operations research/decision theory

Related subjects » Accounting, Auditing & Taxation - Business Information Systems - Finance & Banking - Operations Research & Decision Theory

Table of contents 

Economic Foundations: The Single Product Firm.- Economic Foundations: The Multiproduct Firm.- Accounting versus Economics.- A Closer Look at the Accountant’s Art.- The Impressionism School.- The Modernism School.- Consistent Decision Framing.- Consistent Framing under Uncertainty.- Consistent Framing in a Strategic Setting.- Large versus Small Decisions: Short-Run.- Large versus Small Decisions: Long-Run.- Economic Foundations: Performance Evaluation.- Economic Foundations: Informative Performance Evaluation.- Allocation Among Tasks.- Accounting-Based Performance Evaluation.- Communication.- Coordination.- End Game.

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