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Top 10 Best Management Accounting Books: Must-Reads

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Management Accounting Books

by Mark P. Holtzman

The easy way to master a managerial accounting course

Are you enrolled in a managerial accounting class and finding yourself struggling? Fear not! Managerial Accounting For Dummies is the go-to study guide to help you easily master the concepts of this challenging course. You’ll discover the basic concepts, terminology, and methods to identify, measure, analyze, interpret, and communicate information in the pursuit of an organization’s goals.

Tracking to a typical managerial accounting course and packed with easy-to-understand explanations and real-life examples, Managerial Accounting For Dummies explores cost behavior, cost analysis, profit planning and control measures, accounting for decentralized operations, capital budgeting decisions, ethical challenges in managerial accounting, and much more.

  • Covers the key concepts and tools needed to communicate accounting information for managerial decision-making within an organization
  • Plain-English explanations of managerial accounting terminology and methods
  • Tracks to a typical college-level managerial accounting course

by Steven A. Finkler, Daniel L. Smith

Reflecting recent changes in accounting standards, this Sixth Edition of Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations, by Steven A. Finkler, Daniel L. Smith, and Thad D. Calabrese, provides a comprehensive yet practical introduction to the financial decision-making and management skills required of students and practitioners in the public, health, and not-for-profit sectors. Assuming that you have no prior training in financial management, the authors artfully combine the principles, theory, and analytics of accounting and finance. In every chapter, a wide range of exercises, case studies, and problems help you develop strong financial assessment and judgment proficiencies while reinforcing the essential mechanics of accounting.

by Charles T. Horngren , Gary L. Sundem

An essential tool for understanding how to make effective economic decisions.

In today’s troubled economy, it’s important to show students how managerial decisions can affect business costs. Introduction to Management Accounting helps to enhance students’ ability to make effective economic decisions by encouraging them to understand the inner-workings of the concepts, rather than solely focusing on technique memorization. Overall, this text describes both theory and common practices in a way that will help students produce information that’s useful in day-to-day decision-making.

by Anthony A. Atkinson, Robert S. Kaplan,

An approach to management accounting from the perspective of a business manager.

Management Accounting: Information for Decision-Making and Strategy Execution explains how business managers can estimate and manage the cost and profitability of their products and customers. This text also covers how managers use financial and nonfinancial information to improve processes, design and develop new products, and motivate employee performance.

by Steven J. Peterson MBA PE

The market’s most in-depth coverage of construction accounting and finance
Construction Accounting and Financial Management covers all of the key accounting and financial management principles needed by construction managers to profitably manage the finances of construction companies, as well as how to adapt these principles for the construction industry. The text introduces construction financial management, details the framework for a construction accounting system, describes the management of costs, profits, and cash flows, and provides tools for making financial decisions. The 4th edition includes new sections on topics such as cost segregation, the design-build process, and pertinent provisions of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017

by Jean E. Cunningham , Orest J. Fiume

Are your accounting data and reports providing a true and timely picture of your company’s performance? Are your lean operations personnel complaining that the numbers “lie”?

This explosive issue and its implications are fully explored in “Real Numbers.” Traditional “accountingese” is not used, and it is written for all professionals desiring an understanding of the application of lean accounting and the results that can be achieved from its use. The authors, each a former chief financial executive, describe how management accounting evolved to this point and how simplicity and clarity can be restored — particularly in a lean organization. The anecdotal presentation from their personal experiences vividly illustrates the “Whys” and “Hows” of lean accounting. The management accounting model illustrated in “Real Numbers” points the way to unlocking the true profit potential of lean.

Real Numbers is required reading for SME Lean Silver Certification. It was the first lean accounting book and remains the ideal starting point for investigating this methodology.

by Louis Gapenski

The essential concepts of both accounting and financial management are covered in this best-selling healthcare finance book. Through clear explanations, numerous examples, and realistic practice problems, it arms future managers with the grounding they need to make financially sound decisions for their healthcare organizations.

This thoroughly updated edition provides more emphasis on the unique marketplace for healthcare services and additional examples from nonhospital settings, including medical practices, clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, and managed care organizations.

Particular content changes include:

Expanded discussion of health insurance, reimbursement methodologies, and the impact of healthcare reform on provider behavior A new presentation of managerial accounting material that follows a more logical progression of concepts, emphasizing the level of analysis (organization, department, service) rather than techniques Coverage of three service-line costing methods: cost-to-charge ratio, relative value unit, and activity-based costing. Plus, an introduction to time-driven activity-based costing, a method for costing at the patient level. Updated financial accounting formats that conform to the latest American Institute of Certified Public Accountants guidance Increased coverage of the revenue cycle

by Steven A. Finkler, David M. Ward

Accounting Fundamentals for Health Care Management is ideal for an introductory course in financial accounting in both undergraduate and graduate programs. With a focus on basic accounting in health care management, this essential book contains the vocabulary of and an introduction to the tools and concepts employed by finance officers. Students will learn how to assess financial information, ask the appropriate questions, and understand the jargon-laden answers.

The Third Edition reflects the changes since the enactment of health care reform. It also brings the book in compliance with recent and near-term changes to accounting standards by the Financial Accounting Standards Board including how bad debts are reported, the presentation of cash flow statements, and the presentation of net assets on the balance sheet.

All Excel tables and screenshots have been updated to more recent versions of the program to make it more accessible to readers. All the problems, solutions, and cases have been updated and are compliant with current FASB standards.

by Steven M. Bragg

This book shows the accountant how to improve the functions of the payroll department, enhancing efficiency and reducing error rates. Topics covered include time tracking, payroll processing, procedures, controls, and recordkeeping. The book also addresses the United States payroll regulations and reporting requirements related to compensation, benefits, payroll taxes, and tax remittances. It is updated annually for the latest payroll regulations. Payroll Management is ideal for anyone new to payroll, or who wants to enhance an existing system.