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Management Control Systems [Hardcover]

by Robert Anthony, Vijay Govindarajan
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May 10, 2006 0073100897 978-0073100890 12
Management Control Systems helps students to develop the insight and analytical skills required of today's managers. Students uncover how real-world managers design, implement, and use planning and control systems to implement business strategies. The 12th edition builds on the strengths of prior editions by offering a rich diversity of cases balanced with current content and research.

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Robert N. Anthony is the Ross Graham Walker Professor Emeritus of Management Control at Harvard Business School. Professor Anthony has been a director of Carborundum Company and Warnaco, Inc., both Fortune 500 companies; for 25 years he has been a trustee of Colby College, including five years as chairman of the board. He has consulted for many companies and government agencies, including General Motors Corp., AT&T, the General Accounting Office, and the Cost Accounting Standards Board. Among Professor Anthony’s awards are the Distinguished Accounting Educator of the Year Award from AAA, Accounting Educator of the Year Award from Beta Alpha Psi, the Meritorious Service Award from the Executive Office of the President, the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Department of Defense, Comptroller General’s Award of the U.S. General Accounting Office and Distinguished Service Award of the Harvard Business School Association.

Vijay Govindarajan received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978. He is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. Professional credits include Outstanding Teacher of the Year, voted by MBA students during several academic years; and Outstanding Business School Faculty, named by Business Week.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 12 edition (May 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073100897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073100890
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing textbook with elementary explanations April 20, 2013
This was the course textbook for my paper at the University of Otago, ACCT302 Accounting Performance Management. I was looking for a kindle version, or a preview of the book on google books (which I could not find) and I relegated to reading the hardcopy provided by my university's library under reserve section. I am used to reading journal articles, factual approaches, sound frameworks and structured approaches to problems and clear definitions.

I find the explanations to be so basic that the average competent commerce student would have already known and understood. I require in depth explanation and analysis in specific areas instead of a broad overview touching briefly on multiple factors (that other textbooks and course curriculum explained far better, and often in contradiction to the statements listed) without explaining the nuances. As oft said, the devil is in the details. Examples are dated, isolated and not investigated in depth pertaining to the environmental circumstances the firm is in and the proper attribution of success to respective efforts (or factors). The economy and business strategy have changed rapidly in the past two decades from 1990s to 2000s and now, 2010s.

This book comes out as writing too broadly about too much, too simplistic for a 300 level paper (3rd year study in Uni). It does not possess strong conceptual foundation, making it a poor read for people trying to learn about Management Accounting. I can only see myself consulting more authoritative journal articles and textbooks on the keywords & terms raised in this textbook.

This may be the problem with attempting to teach "Management" in general. If you have to get this textbook for your course at University, get a second hand one. It is NOT worth the first hand price. If you're looking to learn more about aspects of Management Accounting, forget this book entirely. It is a waste of time and there are better books out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Management Control Systems Up to Date August 22, 2009
By Jeff
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This text offers a very up-to-date elaboration of the various control techniques that managers may use and their strengths and weaknesses. It is an excellent tool for managers who are considering improvements in procedures to more fairly incentivize and motivate within the organization, and as holistically as possible.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The condition is not good. March 1, 2014
By Cici
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When the seller says the condition of the book is good, I usually expect that it really looks good. As far as I can tell, this book is at least owned by 3 people. How can I tell? The book is highlighted by two different color highlighters and a pencil. Well, it is ok to use highlighter. BUT, do not highlight ENTIRE PARAGRAPH FOR EVERY PAGE. The reason that I did not return the book is that I have to do the homework in the book every week and that it is wasting time to buy another one. Well, actually, I do not want to rate this book, but amazon emails me. So, just go buy international version, cost much less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MBA February 18, 2014
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I had to buy this book for my MBA classes. This one was easy to read and I learned alot. Good buy
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