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Cost management

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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Featured article

How can today's technology help with cost control?
AccountingWeb, July 2017
An overview of the available cost management apps and other digital services. Part three of a series on cost control.

Featured book

Cost accounting: a managerial emphasis
(Pearson, 2018)
This book defines the cost accounting market and continues to innovate today by consistently integrating the most current practice and theory into the text. It emphasises the basic theme of “different costs for different purposes,” and reaches beyond cost accounting procedures to consider concepts, analyses, and management.

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Complete CFO handbook: from accounting to accountability, The

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.

Controller's function: the work of the managerial accountant, The

The book aims to provide the management accountant with facts and guidance for all aspects of their role. It contains chapters on the role of the management accountant, internal control, strategic business planning, long-range financial planning, cash and investments, operational accounting, SEC filings, performance measurement, financial analysis, cost management, taxation, and selecting a financial information system.

Cost of capital: applications and examples

This title gives background and current thinking on the development and uses of rates of return on capital. This edition gives an emphasis to practical application and case studies. Chapters include: Cost of capital basics; Estimating the cost of equity capital; Estimating the overall cost of capital; Corporate Finance Officers - using cost of capital data; Case studies; Advice to practitioners.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

The hidden costs of AI

Article gives a an overview of the underlying politics of AI and problematic possible future uses.

Beyond cryptocurrency: blockchain as a value creator & connector

Article looks at three case studies of blockchain use , showing cost savings and value creation mechanism and demonstrating the possibilities for companies reliant on strategic partnerships or those seeking to increase the transparency of interactions between consumers or business partners.

Effective financial projections for a startup

Practical considerations to help startups develop a business plan with meaningful financial projections.

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Useful links


Special report: Financial planning and cost management
This ICAEW Business and Management Faculty June 2013 report on Financial Planning and Cost Management looks at these related subjects from several angles.

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Building a sustainable cost leadership culture
Strategic Finance, September 2014, pages 46-51
As cost leaders, management accountants can help their organisation compete and thrive in today's complex global economy.

CFO fundamentals: your guide to internal controls, financial reporting, IFRS, web 2.0, cloud computing and more 
(John Wiley & Sons, 2012)
Part three, cost management and IT systems, contains sections on cost-volume-profit analysis, short-term decisions, forecasting, planning and budgeting, risk management; capital budgeting and real options, profit centres, and transfer pricing

Management and cost accounting 
(Cengage Learning EMEA, 2012)
A student guide to designing and evaluating management and cost accounting information systems.

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