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Accounting for Decision Making and Control 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0078025747
ISBN-10: 0078025745
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About the Author

Research and teaching interests involve financial and managerial accounting. He and Professor Ross L. Watts received American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Awards in 1979 and 1980 for their joint papers. He received the American Accounting Association award for Seminal Contribution to Accounting Literature in 2004. He was the 1978 winner of the Competitive Manuscript Award, sponsored by the American Accounting Association, for his paper, "The Costs and Benefits of Cost Allocation." His research, which has come to be called "positive theories of accounting," seeks to understand the costs and benefits of various accounting procedures. He and Watts co-authored a book, Positive Accounting Theory, published by Prentice-Hall in 1986.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 8 edition (January 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078025745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078025747
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Too often management accounting is completely subsumed in cost accounting. Yes, they are part of the same topic, but they have somewhat different emphases. This book covers costs, but it is really more focused on how you allocated decision rights, set measurement criteria, and how you reward people to get the behavior you want. It is also very helpful in clarifying thinking about what could be going wrong if you aren't getting the behavior you wanted out of a given system of measurement and reward.
The writing is very good and the organization of the book is sound and helpful. While there are charts and graphs it is not a book full of color and pictures. It is a book with words and ideas that are helpfully supplemented as needed. But the self-study problems and cases are set off from the main text by being on different color pages. This helps in locating what you are after.
There is a wealth of thought provoking problems and short cases to help promote discussion and provoke your thinking on the topics discussed in each chapter.
Another aspect of the book I really like are the concept questions in each chapter that help you gauge your understanding of what you have just read. The solutions for these are provided in the back of the book so you can know if you are "getting it" or not.
This is a fine and very useful text.
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I am not a fan of accounting because it is my toughest subject. I was extremely nervous about taking the course because I was fearful I would not understand how to complete the problems. The book breaks down how to perform the equations and has several examples to help you practice problems, with the answers in the back for reference. Reviewing this book and working on the practice problems will ensure a passing grade. Very good book. The book arrived in good condition and on time.
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Beware ! This book does perhaps the poorest example explaining any concepts. I have never had so much stress in my life than taking a managerial accounting class with this book. I mean I actually couldn't sleep because of this book!

I took this class last year and I just finished my MBA and I am working on my Phd now, and I thought I would reflect and give some valuable advice to you, my fellow students.

If you don't have a prior managerial accounting background, go read as much as you can before you get into this book. Or you will be completely stressed out, lost and feel that you are a dummy. This book makes smart students feel dum. I mean really dum. You are not dum, the book just lacks clear explanations.

This book deals mostly with managerial accounting. For example if you are paid $100 per day at your job, really you are costing the company more than what you are being paid, really you use resources, like from human resources who hired you, electricity costs, phone costs, IT, etc, so your true cost to the company broken down is probably $160 per day. This is called cost allocation, in a crude example.

Easy concept right?, Just that you will not be able to learn this easily from this book unless you have a deep prior background in this. The good examples Zimmerman(author) gives are spoiled by the majority of his jargon and bad examples.

I honestly found myself at one point reading 1 page for over an hour to understand! (and I am a high A student). In my entire MBA program, I never had a worse book, nor more stress!!!

Ultimately, I had to do many exhaustive Internet searches to learn cost allocation theory.
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The most surprising thing was how much of the book is homework problems (blue pages). Viewed edge-on they appear to be ~50% of the pages. Many problems are excessively wordy, fine as novellos but reading 2 pages to get to the issues is often tedious. The text is well written, but I didn't find the subject to have as much meat as other MBA subjects like Finance or Operations Research. I understand it is one of the better books on Managerial Accounting. I have 27 years experience at many companies, so others might find the material more enlightening.
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Before time delivery for the right product ordered. Although it is a 5th edition is same with the 7th edition content expect for the problems and cases back of the chapter. Over all has done the job for me..
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Honestly I found the text not very helpful, they use examples that span a few pages to illustrate a topic that could be better explained with an example that was 1/10th the length.
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My purchased not only arrived well ahead of schedule, the sender enclosed headphones (a token of appreciation for the purchase),a lovely letter, and the seller had the book rebound because the original book cover was not up to par!!!! How awesome!!!!! The book was exactly what I ordered (edition, author, etc.) and the entire transaction was smooth! One of the best experiences I have ever had!!! And the headphones work!!!! LOL!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!
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book was the international version rebound in different cover to make it look legitimate. over paid for this book. will not buy from seller again.
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