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Cost management

Articles, reports and other resources that enable accountants in business to make a real difference to their organisations by providing them with practical information on the latest thinking in cost management.

Hospitable me

Entertaining clients can be essential to sealing the deal, but it's a marketing expense that must be monitored and justified. Martin Finn asks how best to wine and dine on account.

ABM can show your real profit profile

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Activity based management (ABM) may seem a dated management tool, but it still has very real uses in identifying a business's true profitability, as Brian Plowman explains.

Unlocking overhead value

Much current thinking rightly advocates the finance director (FD) as a business partner, focusing on driving forward the strategic objectives of the business. However, while taking on this demanding role, the FD or financial controller will still need to keep a firm hand on the finances.

The benefits of IOCM

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The traditional make-or-buy decision is no longer the only one enabling companies to assess their cost management. Instead, inter-organisational cost management (IOCM) - in which organisations share risks and resources - can provide savings and add value, as Alan Coad and Professor Robert Scapens explain.

Activity based cost management

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This guideline demonstrates the practical applications of Activity based costing (ABC) to business i.e how to convert analysis using ABC principles into action.

Implementing target costing

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This guideline introduces the concept of target costing and describes the steps that a firm would take to implement target costing.

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