- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM; 2 edition (March 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814416241
- ISBN-13: 978-0814416242
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,657 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
As a department manager, the last thing you want to think about is numbers. But the truth is, that’s the only thing your executives and senior managers are thinking about so it’s crucial to understand key financial information like balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, budgets and forecasts, and annual reports.
With over 40,000 copies sold, The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers has long provided readers with insight into the financial fundamentals. It demystifies the role accounting and finance play in a corporation, demonstrates how financial decisions reflect business goals, and shows how managers can connect corporate financial information directly to their own strategies and actions. Now revised to reflect new accounting and financial standards, the second edition includes:
• Strategies for getting your share of the budget
• New case studies and practice sessions
• An explanation of Sarbanes-Oxley and its relevance to nonfinancial managers
• How to manage cash flow in tough times
• Fraud detection tools
• An expanded glossary including up-to-the-minute business concepts and terminology
• And more
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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 Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide (Wiley Finance) along with the Financial Statement Analysis Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises and Tests to Help You Master Financial Statement Analysis (Wiley Finance) that you can get to supplement the text.
It fills in the missing component of Fields' text: application. You will get a lot of information from The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers -- but very little application. Now if there was a companion workbook for this text rife with examples and exercises to insure that the reader wouldn't just get a soon-to-forget information overload, then I would give the package 5 stars.