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Guide to Financial Management
Synopses & Reviews
With organizations driven to deliver on performance targets, such as shareholder value or level of service, managers are expected to make decisions fully understanding their financial consequences. Few nonfinancial specialists are prepared for the responsibilities of dealing with management reports, budgets, and capital proposals. Many find themselves confused by jargon and embarrassed by their lack of understanding.
Guide to Financial Management is a practical resource for understanding and managing these financial responsibilities. It is structured by task, such as “how to assemble a budget” or “how to construct a proposal to invest in new equipment.”
John Tennent—who has worked with such major companies as Kraft, Thomson, British Airways, Unilever, and Universal Music—helps the reader understand financial jargon, financial statements, performance measures, budgeting, costing, pricing, decision making, and investment appraisals—all of which are key to being a successful manager.
With organizations driven to deliver on performance targets, managers are expected to make decisions fully understanding their financial consequences. Few nonfinancial specialists are prepared for these financial challenges.
About the Author
John Tennent is coauthor of Guide to Business Modelling (Profile Books, 2005) and is currently managing director of a consultancy and training company specializing in business modelling and financial appraisal.
Table of Contents
1. Defining a successful business.
2. Business structures.
3. The role of the finance department.
4. Financial statements and accounting systems.
5. Accounting concepts and principles.
7. Cost to serve.
8. Product pricing and profitability.
9. Portfolio management.
10. Investment appraisal.
11. Business planning, budgeting and reporting.
12. Operational ratios and metrics.
13. Stockmarket and investor measures.
14. Working capital management.
15. Published reports and accounts.
16. Accounting complexities.
Glossary of accounting terms.
List of companies.
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