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Title: Management Control

Management Control
  • EMBA 5403
  • Fall 2010
  • Mugan

  • Financial
  • Managerial
  • Cost
  • Auditing
  • Tax

The Role of Accounting
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

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,
  • Stewardship functionusually owners and managers
    are separate
  • Increase shareholders wealth
  • Financial Accounting

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

Managerial or Management Accounting
  • Industrial Revolution more complex production
  • Cost became important
  • Cost accounting (forerunner of managerial
  • Cost of an object product, segment, division
  • First book 1897 Garcke and Fell Factory
  • 20th century multinationals, and large
  • Performance evaluation
  • Budgeting
  • Management accounting term used after Second
    World War

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
  • Accurate costs important for
  • Pricing decisions
  • New product
  • Response to rival products

Main activities
  • Planning- strategic and operational
  • budgeting
  • Implementing/Directing
  • Generate, analyze and report relevant information
  • Controlling
  • Actual vs budget comparison
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Feedback

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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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 reportsthat
    compare actual results with the budgetare an
    essential part of the control function

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
  • Concerned with the implementation of strategies
  • Task control

Planning and Control Cycle
Exh. 1-1
Formulating long-and short-term plans (Planning)
Comparing actualto planned performance
Implementing plans (Directing and Motivating)
Measuringperformance (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,

Cost Management Perspective
  • Provide highest quality service/goods with lowest
    possible cost
  • Objectives
  • Determine cost of resources consumed in companys
  • Eliminate non-value added activities as much as
  • Determine efficiency and effectiveness of all
    major activities
  • Identify and evaluate new activities that can
    improve the performance of the company

Strategic Cost Management
  • Value chain
  • Get raw materials and other resources
  • Research and development including quality
  • 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

Making Planning Decisions
How should we finance our operations?
What customers should we target?
What price should we charge?
What products or services should we provide?
Which projects should we choose?
Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Cost- using resources to achieve a benefit
  • Benefits- aspects of a decision that help the
  • Analysis the process of analyzing alternative
    decisions to determine which decision has the
    greatest benefit relative to its cost

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

The Changing Business Environment
  • Just-in-time production
  • Total quality management
  • Process reengineering
  • Theory of constraints
  • International competition
  • E-commerce

Business environment changes in the past twenty
Just-in-Time (JIT) Systems
Complete productsjust in time toship customers.
Complete partsjust in time forassembly into
Receive materialsjust in time forproduction.
JIT Consequences
Zero productiondefects
Improvedplant layout
Reducedsetup time
JIT purchasing Fewer, but more ultrareliable
suppliers. Frequent JIT deliveries in small
lots. Defect-free supplier deliveries.
Benefits of a JIT System
Freed-up funds
More rapidresponse tocustomer orders

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, one-fourth 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, September 15, 1997, p. 57.

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.
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.
Process Reengineering
  • Anticipated results
  • Process is simplified.
  • Process is completed in less time.
  • Costs are reduced.
  • Opportunities for errors are reduced.

A business processis diagrammedin detail.
The process is redesignedto eliminate
allnon-value-added activities
Every step inthe businessprocess mustbe
Process Reengineering versus TQM
  • Process Reengineering
  • Radically overhauls existing processes.
  • Likely to be imposed from above and to use
    outside consultants.
  • Total Quality Management
  • Tweaks existing processes to realize gradual
  • Uses a team approach involving people who work
    directly in the process.

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 determinedby the
step that has the smallest capacity.
Theory of Constraints
2. Allow the weakest link to set the tempo.
Only actions that strengthen the weakest link in
the chain improve the process.
3. Focus on improving the weakest link.
1. Identify the weakest link.
4. Recognize that the weakest linkis no longer

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.
International Competition
Competition has become worldwide in most

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.
  • 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

Code of Conduct forManagement Accountants
  • The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
    Standards of Ethical Conduct for Practitionersof
    Management Accounting and Financial Management
    have two major parts offering guidelines for
  • ? Ethical behavior.
  • ? Resolution for an ethical conflict.

Codes of Conduct onthe International Level
The Guidelines on Ethics for ProfessionalAccounta
nts, issued by the InternationalFederation of
Accountants (IFAC), govern the activities of
professional accountants worldwide.
In addition to competence, objectivity,
independence,and confidentiality, the IFACs
code deals withthe accountants ethical
responsibilities in Taxes Fees and
commissions Advertising and solicitation Handling
of monies Cross-border activities.
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