Find out more about cost management and cost control with our selection of articles, links and guides to help you identify best practice, techniques and tools to apply to your business.
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Enterprise operations and performance management
Ian Herbert explains the lean approach to cost reduction and examines the potential benefits - and risks - for finance departments planning to adopt it.
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Introduction to management accounting
Horngren C.T. and others (Pearson Education, 2014, 857 pages)
Written to help those new to the subject learn how to make effective economic decisions. Includes sections on cost management systems and product costing.
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The complete CFO handbook: from accounting to accountability
The book contains chapters on obtaining funding, corporate risk management, business strategy and financial planning, performance measurement and transfer pricing, asset management, cost management and finance function effectiveness.
Hospitality management accounting
The book includes sections on financial statements for the hospitality industry, internal control, cost management, budgeting, cash management, capital budgeting and the investment decision. It covers management accounting from the perspective of the hospitality industry in the US.
Strategic cost analysis
The book offers practical advice for applying cost management techniques in a business. It includes sections managerial decision making and strategic cost management.
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Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.
Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.
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How not to cut health care costs
Health care providers in the United States and much of the rest of the world are trying to respond to the tremendous pressure to reduce costs. Many of their attempts, however, are counterproductive, ultimately leading to higher costs. The authors examine five common cost-cutting mistakes in detail.
Enterprise operations and performance management
Ian Herbert's second article in a series on cost management explains
the lean approach to cost reduction and examines the potential
benefits - and risks - for finance departments planning to adopt it.
Theory of evolution
For businesses to thrive, and even survive, in the next decade, Barry Hochfelder argues that procurement must undergo drastic changes. Merely dentifying savings and cutting costs does not always benefit the company in the long term.
Small Business Update
Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.
Faced with falling sales, reduced access to credit and squeezed margins, small-business owners are finding these challenging times. But those who keep a close eye on their costs are more likely to survive, as Kate Horstead explains.
Cost management: Control and profitability
A sample chapter from the Wiley publication Essentials of cost management by C. and J. Stenzel (Wiley, 2002)
Special report: Financial planning and cost management
This ICAEW Finance and Management Faculty June 2013 report on Financial Planning and Cost Management looks at these related subjects from several angles.
Articles and books in the Library collection
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Five practical approaches to cost reduction
Accountancy Ireland, Vol.45. No.2. April 2013. pp.52-53
Many, if not most, businesses have already taken action on their cost bases but prospects for 2013 remain difficult and further cost cutting may be required. The article covers: examine the three Es: economy, efficiency and effectiveness; consider value engineering; renegotiate contracts with suppliers; tackle labour costs; and implementing the plan.
CFO fundamentals: your guide to internal controls, financial reporting, IFRS, web 2.0, cloud computing and more
Shim, J.K. (John Wiley & Sons, 2012)
Part three, cost management and IT systems, contains the sections: cost management and analysis; cost-volume-profit analysis; short-term decisions; financial forecasting, planning and budgeting; risk management; capital budgeting and real options; the what and why of responsibility accounting; control of profit centres; performance of investment centres and transfer pricing; how to analyse and improve corporate profitability and shareholder value; and information technology and IT systems.
Management and cost accounting
Drury, C. (Cengage Learning EMEA, 2012)
The aim of the 8th ed. of this book is to explain the principles involved in designing and evaluating management and cost accounting information systems. Intended primarily for undergraduate students who are pursuing a one- or two-year management accounting course, and for students who are preparing for the cost and management accounting examinations of the professional accountancy bodies at an intermediate or advanced professional level.
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