1st Edition

The Power of Accounting
What the Numbers Mean and How to Use Them

ISBN 9780415884310
Published January 20, 2012 by Routledge
252 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

USD $89.95

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Book Description

The Power of Accounting: What the Numbers Mean and How to Use Them provides a highly readable text for non-financial managers. It explores accounting’s uses and limitations in the management process. The text is intended for users of accounting information as opposed to preparers. It focuses on aiding the reader in understanding what accounting numbers mean, what they do not mean, when and how they can be used for decision making and planning and when they cannot.

The book discusses the importance of accounting information in the economy and the fact that accounting numbers are often the result of estimates and arbitrary allocations. It also includes a cautionary word about the imprecise use of terminology often found in accounting and financial literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Basics  2. Costs, Cost Behavior and Cost Analysis  3. Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis  4. Decision Making I: The Basics  5. Decision Making II: Capital Budgeting  6. Planning and Budgeting  7. Control  8. Allocation  9. Financial Statement Analysis  Appendix A  Appendix B

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Larry Lewis is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Portland's Pamplin School of Business, USA. He earned his B.A. and his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He served as the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business Dean from June of 2001-June of 2006. He currently teaches accounting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and is a consultant to businesses, government organizations, and non profits.


‘Larry takes the sometimes complex world of accounting and makes it easy for anyone to understand, this a must read for every small businessman’-Chuck Toombs President Ostrom Glass & Metal Works Portland Oregon, USA

'Nonfinancial readers will be comfortable with the author's style and will find his frequent, common sense analogies both useful and informative ... Recommended'  - CHOICE Magazine, August 2012