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Management Control

EMBA 5403 Fall 2010 Mugan

Financial Managerial Cost Auditing Tax



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The Role of Accounting

Role Managerial Users Internal Managers Decisions Planning Directing Controlling Investment Credit Preferred Characteristics Measure Inputs and Outputs Timeliness Identify Responsibility Forward-Looking Verifiable Measure Organizational Value Measure Risk of Organization Consistent with IFRS Verifiable Measure Past Income


Shareholders Creditors Other External Users Taxing Authorities


Tax Liability

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Application of Managerial Accounting

Applies to all types of business Service, Merchandising, and Manufacturing

Applies to all forms of business organizations

Proprietorships, Partnerships, and Corporations

Applies to not-for-profit as well as profit-oriented companies

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Accounting and Accountability

Process of identifying, measuring, and communicating economic information to permit informed judgements and decisions by the users of the information (American Accounting Association, 1966) Stewardship function:usually owners and managers are separate
Increase shareholders wealth

Financial Accounting
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Differences and Similarities

Both deal with the same accounting data Both managerial and financial accounting deal with economic events of a business Both require that economic events be quantified and communicated to interested parties
Financial external Managerial- internal
Determining unit cost - managerial accounting, Reporting Cost of Goods Sold -financial accounting
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Managerial or Management Accounting

Industrial Revolution more complex production process Cost became important Cost accounting (forerunner of managerial accounting)
Cost of an object product, segment, division
First book 1897 Garcke and Fell Factory Accounting

20th century multinationals, and large companies

Performance evaluation Budgeting

Management accounting term used after Second World War

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Management or Managerial Accounting

Assist managerial decisions
Provide timely and accurate information to control costs and to measure and improve productivity; and devise improved production process

Accurate costs important for

Pricing decisions New product Response to rival products
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Main activities
Planning- strategic and operational

Generate, analyze and report relevant information

Actual vs budget comparison Analysis and interpretation Feedback
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Managerial Accounting
Process of
Identifying Measuring Analyzing Interpreting Communicating information in pursuit of a companys goals Managerial accountants business partners/consultants in companies Provides information to managers

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Technology and Managerial Accounting

New techniques created new roles for management accountants New technologies demanded new control techniques Emerging service organizations Teams with people from production, marketing, engineering, etc. More flexible approaches to effective cost controls
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Managerial Accounting Objectives

Provide information for planning and decision making be a part of it Assist managers in daily control of operations Motivate the managers and other employees towards the company goals-goal congruence Performance measurement of managers Strategic planning determine competitive position and long-run success of the company
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Internal manager oriented Future looking planning Involves estimates More timely and relevant data necessary Adaptive to changing business environment Cross-functional brings together production, marketing, managerial accountants and other key personnel

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Objectives should be inline with the overall objective of increasing shareholders wealth
E.g. increase sales by 10% in Central Anatolia objective

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Identify alternatives.

Select alternative that does the best job of furthering organizations objectives.
Develop budgets to guide progress toward the selected alternative.
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Coordinate diverse activities and human resources Implement planned objectives Provide incentives to motivate employees Hire and train employees including executives, managers, and supervisors Produce smooth-running operation
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Process of keeping activities on track Determine whether goals are met Decide changes needed to get back on track May use an informal or formal system of evaluations Employee job assignments Routine problem solving Conflict resolution Effective communications Decision making is not a separate management function, but the outcome of the exercise of good judgment in planning, directing, and controlling. Feedback in the form of performance reports that compare actual results with the budget are an essential part of the control function
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Management Control
Assure that resources are obtained and used effectively and efficiently in the accomplishment of the organizations objective Has financial and non financial performance measurement Concerned with the implementation of strategies and
Task control
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Planning and Control Cycle

Formulating longand short-term plans (Planning) Comparing actual to planned performance (Controlling)


Decision Making

Implementing plans (Directing and Motivating)

Measuring performance (Controlling)

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Management accounting system

To control costs To measure and improve productivity To devise improved production process To decide on new products To decide on obsolete products To decide on prices To respond to rival products (Johnson and Kaplan, 1987)

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Cost Management Perspective

Provide highest quality service/goods with lowest possible cost Objectives:
Determine cost of resources consumed in companys activities Eliminate non-value added activities as much as possible Determine efficiency and effectiveness of all major activities Identify and evaluate new activities that can improve the performance of the company
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Financial Accounting
1. Users 2. Time focus 3. Verifiability versus relevance 4. Precision versus timeliness 5. Subject 6. Accounting Standards 7. Requirement
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Managerial Accounting
Managers who plan for and control an organization Future emphasis Emphasis on relevance for planning and control Emphasis on timeliness Focuses on segments of an organization Need not follow IFRS or any prescribed format Not Mandatory
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External persons who make financial decisions Historical perspective Emphasis on verifiability Emphasis on precision Primary focus is on the whole organization Must follow IFRS or and prescribed formats Mandatory for Mugan external reports

Strategic Cost Management

Value chain

Get raw materials and other resources Research and development including quality assessment Product design Production Marketing Distribution Customer service
Should understand the value chain Cost drivers in activities Managing the cost relationships to a companys advantage strategic cost management
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Making Planning Decisions

What customers should we target?
How should we finance our operations?

What price should we charge? What products or services should we provide? Which projects should we choose?
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Cost Benefit Analysis

Cost- using resources to achieve a benefit Benefits- aspects of a decision that help the organization Analysis: the process of analyzing alternative decisions to determine which decision has the greatest benefit relative to its cost
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Discussion Question
A finance professor and a marketing professor were recently comparing notes on their perceptions of corporations. The finance professor claimed that the goal of a corporation should be to maximize the value to the shareholders. The marketing professor claimed that the goal of a corporation should be to satisfy customers. What are the similarities and differences in these goals? Zimmerman, 2003; p.24
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The Changing Business Environment

Just-in-time production Total quality management Process reengineering Theory of constraints International competition E-commerce
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Business environment changes in the past twenty years

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Just-in-Time (JIT) Systems

Receive customer orders. Complete products just in time to ship customers.

Schedule production. Receive materials just in time for production.

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Complete parts just in time for assembly into products.

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JIT Consequences
Improved plant layout Reduced setup time Zero production defects Flexible workforce

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JIT purchasing Fewer, but more ultrareliable suppliers. Frequent JIT deliveries in small lots. Defect-free supplier deliveries. 30/ 45 Mugan

Benefits of a JIT System

Reduced inventory costs Freed-up funds

Higher quality products

Greater customer satisfaction More rapid response to customer orders

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Increased throughput
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CHOPPING INVENTORIES AT PORSCHE Industry insiders were writing off Porsche as an independent carmaker in the earlier 1990s. Sales in 1992 were down to less than 15,000 cars, onefourth their 1986 peak, and losses had mounted to $133 million. Thats when Wendelin Wiedeking became the top manager at the revered, but ailing, company. Wiedeking hired two Japanese efficiency experts to help overcome Porsches stubborn traditionalism. They immediately tackled a wasteful inventory of parts stacked on shelves all over the three-story Stuttgart factory. One of the experts handed Wiedeking a circular saw. While astounded assembly workers watched, he moved down an aisle and chopped the top half off a row of shelves. They proceeded to overhaul the assembly process, slashing the time required to build the new 911 Carrera model from 120 hours down to just 60 hours. They cut the time required to develop a new model from seven years to just three years. And a quality-control program has helped reduce the number of defective parts by a factor of 10. As a consequence of these, and other actions, the companys sales have more than doubled to about 34,000 cars, and earnings were about $55 million in the latest fiscal year. Source: David Woodruff, Porsche Is BackAnd Then Some, Business Week, Fall 2010 32/ 45 September 15, 1997, p. 57. Mugan

Disadvantage: Just-In-Time (JIT) systems have many advantages, but they are vulnerable to unexpected disruptions in supply. A production line can quickly come to a halt if essential parts are unavailable. Toyota, the developer of JIT, found this out the hard way. One Saturday, a fire at Aisin Seiki Companys plant in Aichi Prefecture stopped the delivery of all brake parts to Toyota. By Tuesday, Toyota had to close down all of its Japanese assembly lines. By the time the supply of brake parts had been restored, Toyota had lost an estimated $15 billion in sales. Source: Toyota to Recalibrate Just-in-Time, International Herald Tribune, February 8, 1997, p. 9.
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Total Quality Management (TQM)

TQM improves productivity by encouraging the use of fact and analysis for decision making and if properly implemented, avoids counter-productive organizational infighting.

Continuous Improvement

Systematic problem solving using tools such as benchmarking

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Process Reengineering
A business process is diagrammed in detail.
Anticipated results: Process is simplified. Process is completed in less time. Costs are reduced. Opportunities for errors are reduced. The process is redesigned to eliminate all non-value-added activities
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Every step in the business process must be justified.

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Process Reengineering versus TQM

Process Reengineering Radically overhauls existing processes.
Total Quality Management

Tweaks existing processes to realize gradual improvements.

Uses a team approach involving people who work directly in the process.

Likely to be imposed from above and to use outside consultants.

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Theory of Constraints
A constraint (also called a bottleneck) is anything that prevents you from getting more of what you want.

The constraint in a system is determined by the step that has the smallest capacity.

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Theory of Constraints
Only actions that strengthen the weakest link in the chain improve the process.

2. Allow the weakest link to set the tempo.

1. Identify the weakest link.

3. Focus on improving the weakest link.

4. Recognize that the weakest link is no longer so. Mugan

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THE CONSTRAINT IS THE KEY The Lessines plant of Baxter International makes medical products such as sterile bags. Management of the plant is acutely aware of the necessity to actively manage its constraints. For example, when materials are a constraint, management may go to a secondary vendor and purchase materials at a higher cost than normal. When a machine is the constraint, a weekend shift is often added on the machine. If a particular machine is chronically the constraint and management has exhausted the possibilities of using it more effectively, then additional capacity is purchased. For example, when the constraint was the plastic extruding machines, a new extruding machine was ordered. However, even before the machine arrived, management had determined that the constraint would shift to the blenders once the new extruding capacity was added. Therefore, a new blender was already being planned. By thinking ahead and focusing on the constraints, management is able to increase the plants real capacity at the lowest possible cost. Source: Eric Noreen, Debra Smith, and James Mackey, The Theory of Constraints and Its Implications for Management Accounting (Montvale, NJ: The IMA Foundation for Applied Research, Inc.), p. 67.
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International Competition
Increasing sophistication in international markets.

Fewer tariffs, quotas, and other barriers to free trade.

Competition has become worldwide in most industries.

Improvements in global transportation systems.

An excellent management accounting system is needed to succeed in todays competitive global marketplace. Fall 2010 Mugan 40/ 45

GLOBAL FORCES Traditionally, management accounting practices have differed significantly from one country to another. For example, Spain, Italy, and Greece have relied on less formal management accounting systems than other European countries. According to Professor Norman B. Macintosh, In Greece and Italy the predominance of close-knit, private, family firms motivated by secrecy, tax avoidance, and largesse for family members along with lack of market competition (price fixing?) mitigated the development of management accounting and control systems. Spain also followed this pattern and relied more on personal relationships and oral inquisitions than on hard data for control. At the same time, other Western European countries such as Germany, France, and the Netherlands developed relatively sophisticated formal management accounting systems emphasizing efficient operations. In the case of France, these were codified in law. In England, management accounting practice was influenced by economists, who emphasized the use of accounting data in decision making. The Nordic countries tended to import management accounting ideas from both Germany and England. A number of factors have been acting in recent years to make management accounting practices more similar within Europe and around the world. These forces include: intensified global competition, which makes it more difficult to continue sloppy practices; standardized information system software sold throughout the world by vendors such as SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Baan; the increasing significance and authority of multinational corporations; the global consultancy industry; the diffusion of information throughout academia; and the global use of market-leading textbooks. Sources: Markus Granlund and Kari Lukka, Its a Small World of Management Accounting Practices, Journal of Management Accounting Research 10, 1998, pp. 153171; and Norman B. Macintosh, Management Accounting in Europe: A View from Canada, Management Accounting Research 9, 1998, pp. 495500.
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In recent years, many businesses failed that might have benefited from the application of managerial accounting tools: Cost concepts Cost estimation Cost-volume-profit Activity-based costing Budgeting Decision-making Capital budgeting
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Code of Conduct for Management Accountants

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Standards of Ethical Conduct for Practitioners of Management Accounting and Financial Management have two major parts offering guidelines for: Ethical behavior. Resolution for an ethical conflict.

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Codes of Conduct on the International Level

The Guidelines on Ethics for Professional Accountants, issued by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), govern the activities of professional accountants worldwide.

In addition to competence, objectivity, independence, and confidentiality, the IFACs code deals with the accountants ethical responsibilities in: Taxes Fees and commissions Advertising and solicitation Handling of monies Fall 2010 Mugan activities. 44/ 45 Cross-border

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