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The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers Paperback – May 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1st edition (May 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814471226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814471227
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Before long, you'll have your CFO gasping at your knowledge of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and your command of OM (Operating Margins)" - CIO Insight

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"Outside of the accounting and finance departments, not many business people are interested in the finer points of financial reports. But every manager must have a thorough understanding of what their finance and accounting staffs do, why they do it, and what these reports really mean.

This indispensable book demystifies the role that accounting and finance play in a corporation and demonstrates how financial decisions are manifestations of company goals. The author’s crystal-clear examples show how managers can connect corporate financial information directly to their own strategies and actions. To demonstrate these connections, the author covers such essential topics as:

* Balance sheets and income/cash flow statements

* Reading and understanding annual reports

* Fixed-cost and variable-cost issues

* Financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting."


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Edward Fields' Essentials Of Finance And Accounting For Nonfinancial Managers tells how to understand the basics of a balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and annual reports. Newcomers to reading company financials will appreciate the clear explanations on investment returns, analysis ratios, and other methods of understanding business reports.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott on July 8, 2011
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I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because it is a good introduction to the concepts but lacks the practical applications that non-financial managers need to retain the concepts.

I was first exposed to this book when I was in graduate school (that's a testimonial in itself). A few years later, I loaned it to my then-boss: a director of a multi-site program with the Vermont Department of Corrections. My boss was clueless about financial reports and this book proved invaluable. So valuable that I never got it back.

That's OK --this is a great primer for understanding business financial concepts and financial reporting.

So, when a business coaching client needed to get off the ground with regard to financial concepts this book was a natural choice. I purchased a copy for him so that I could tutor him on the concepts as part of our coaching collaboration. I was pleased to see that the text is available for the Kindle. Outstanding (even though the pages in the Kindle edition don't synch with the paperback edition -- tough to follow along with each other -- but that's a Kindle issue and not an issue about the text itself).

I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to get a better handle on business financial reporting, business financial analysis. It is a short text. It is a dense text. There are not many examples nor stories to illustrate the concepts. The technician-turned-business-owner may find that they are falling asleep at night if they read it in bed.

After you have read through this book a great follow up is
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Folena on September 15, 2005
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Book was well written and speaks directly to someone who has never worked with the finances of a corporation.
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I did not read it in its entirety, but I needed simple and specific information (and got a succinct refresher as well)! I refer to it on my kindle a lot. Great deal!
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Really good and easy to read financial book. Gives great insight on how to read annual reports and key financial indicators.
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