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Economic Value Management: Applications and Techniques Hardcover – November 8, 2002
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"A good read for managers who want to see the horizon as well as a foot in front of them." -- Working Knowledge, Harvard Business School
?In an era when EPS has been redefined as ?expecting prison sentence,? Eleanor Bloxham?s call for back-to-value-basics is a breath of fresh air. Any CEO, director or investor who wants to get a handle on the real numbers that show how companies perform should grab a hold of Economic Value Management. Viva EVM!?--Patrick McGurn, Vice President & Special Counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services
?Bloxham has a clear, common-sense, practical approach that provides welcome guidance to managers and directors on how to measure, create, and reward value. She avoids the usual jargon with sharply drawn examples and illuminating illustrations and the result is well worth reading.?--Nell Minow Editor, The Corporate Library and Coauthor of several books including Corporate Governance
"The author has given her "all" ? rigorous scholarship, systematic thinking, and first-hand cases ? and the result is an authoritative guide for corporate leaders who want to break out of financial ratio boxes to build sustainable value."--Alexandra R. Lajoux, Editor in Chief of Director's Monthly, and Coauthor (with J. Fred Weston) of The Art of M&A: Financing and Refinancing
"As a guide to the big dig this book is invaluable. Economic Value Management requires sustainable improvement in multiple dimensions and this book, replete with real-life examples and richly illustrated by charts, tables and other exhibits, shows us exactly how to make this happen."--Thomas R. Horton, former CEO,American Management Association
"Nothing could be more appropriate and needed at this time in history than understanding how decisions affect corporate economic value. Eleanor Bloxham's exploration of this issue is clear, easy to follow, and thorough in its breadth. Had corporate officers used economic value management techniques throughout their organizations, and investors focused on such issues, there would have been much greater rationality in the stock market with much less eventual "blood letting." Indeed, in the aftermath of recent disclosures, the focus on economic value management metrics should increase substantially, and this book provides a solid foundation for understanding such an approach."--Joseph A. Alutto Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
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Ms. Bloxham has produced a superb book that takes a "holistic" view of the process of identifying performance criteria for senior executives, and not just for those in the private sector. She and I share common views about the benefits of economic value added metrics, but she has gone well beyond this to address many of the conflicts for performance faced by executives. She provides an excellent framework for establishing a set of logical goals and performance metrics for managing complex businesses and non-profit organizations.
Overall the book is very clearly written, has good flow and examples, and can be read in short order (two short or one long flight). "Economic Value Management" begins by providing a foundation and rationale for a new way of evaluating and predicting business performance. The rationale includes typical tricks and traps of traditional accounting-based measures and the need to move to a system that provides more clarity to all the constituents and stakeholders. The case studies in Part Two (Applications and Techniques) show how the methods and metrics can be put into play and used to make better executive-level decisions. The only criticism that I have for the book is that all of the examples used in the book are somewhat suspect as they are unreferenced and use alias names for the businesses, so it is unclear whether the stories were pulled from thin air or if they are veritable stories.
There is so much confusion about what operational and strategic levers an organization should push or pull to create rather than destroy shareholder wealth. Most articles slip into gross platitudes and sloganeering and sidestep the "how to." Bloxham's book dives in but explains adnmittedly complex interelationships in a way you can understand them. She does a fine job integrating the component tools, like the balanced scorecard and activity based costing, into economic value management.
Some day boards of directors may find this to be the standard book for assisting their shareholders make, not lose, money.