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The Portable MBA in Finance and Accounting, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-48130-1
624 pages
October 2009
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The most comprehensive and authoritative review of B-School fundamentals—from  top accounting and finance professors  

For years, the Portable MBA series has tracked the core curricula of leading business schools to teach you the fundamentals you need to know about business-without the extreme costs of earning an MBA degree. The Portable MBA in Finance and Accounting covers all the core methods and techniques you would learn in business school, using real-life examples to deliver clear, practical guidance on finance and accounting. The new edition also includes free downloadable spreadsheets and web resources.

If you’re in charge of making decisions at your own or someone else’s business, you need the best information and insight on modern finance and accounting practice. This reliable, information-packed resource shows you how to understand the numbers, plan and forecast for the future, and make key strategic decisions. Plus, this new edition covers the effects of Sarbanes-Oxley, applying ethical accounting standards, and offers career advice.

    • Completely updated with new examples, new topics, and full coverage of topical issues in finance and accounting—fifty percent new material
    • The most comprehensive and authoritative book in its category
    • Teaches you virtually everything you'd learn about finance and accounting in today's best business schools

Whether you’re thinking of starting your own business or you already have and just need to brush up on finance and accounting basics, this is the only guide you need.
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List of Downloadable Materials.

Syllabus: How Chapter Topics in This Book Track the Core MBA Curriculum.



About the Contributors.


1 Understanding Financial Statements (Les Livingstone).

2 Analyzing Financial Statements (Les Livingstone).

3 Analyzing Business Earnings (Virginia Earll Soybel).


4 Discounted Cash Flow (James A. Elfter).

5 Capital Structure (Craig A. Stephenson).

6 Planning Capital Expenditure (Steven P. Feinstein).

7 Global Finance (Michael J. Riley).


8 Choosing a Business Form (Richard P. Mandel).

9 Taxes and Business Decisions (Richard P. Mandel).

10 The Integrity of Financial Reporting (Les Livingstone).


11 Forecasts and Budgeting (Robert F. Halsey).

12 Cost Structure Analysis, Profit Planning, and Value Creation (William C. Lawler).

13 Activity-Based Costing (William C. Lawler).


14 Business Planning (Andrew Zacharakis).

15 Financial Management of Risks (Steven P. Feinstein).

16 Business Valuation (Michael A. Crain).

17 Profitable Growth by Acquisition (Richard T. Bliss).

18 Outsourcing (Theodore Grossman).


19 Information Technology and You (Dawna Travis Dewire).

20 Information Technology and the Firm (Dawna Travis Dewire).

21 Careers in Finance (Tracee Petrillo and Ralph J. Constantino).



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Theodore Grossman is a senior faculty member in information technology and accounting at Babson College. He founded and was president and chairman of TRG, a software company serving the retail industry, and serves as an expert witness on technology and accounting issues in complex court cases.

John Leslie Livingstone, PhD, CPA, is the author of numerous books and a former partner at a leading international accounting firm. He has served as the chairman of the Division of Accounting and Law at Babson College and is MBA Program Director at a leading Internet university with 3,000 MBA students.

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Downloadable Instructions 30.00 KB Click to Download
Downloadable Form 1.1: Balance Sheet-Assets= Liabilities + Equity 38.59 KB Click to Download
Chapter 1 Bonus Material: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) 20.21 KB Click to Download
Downloadable Form 2.1: Analyzing Financial Statements 68.85 KB Click to Download
Chapter 2 Bonus Material: Financial Statement Ratio Analysis 30.60 KB Click to Download
Chapter 4 Bonus Material: How to Use Excel to Solve Financial Formulas 535.33 KB Click to Download
Chapter 4.1: Discounted Cash Flow Exercises 66.06 KB Click to Download
Chapter 5 Bonus Material: Capital Structure Practice Problems and Solutions 73.44 KB Click to Download
Chapter 10 Bonus Material: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Integrity of Financial Reporting 102.00 KB Click to Download
Chapter 10 Bonus Material Continued 88.59 KB Click to Download
Chapter 10 Bonus Material: Ethics and the Golden Rule 512.81 KB Click to Download
Chapter 19 Bonus Material: Information Technology and You 11.07 KB Click to Download
Chapter 20 Bonus Material: Information Technology and the Firm 11.08 KB Click to Download
Downloadable Form 3.23: The Sustainable Earnings Base Worksheet 80.00 KB Click to Download
Downloadable Form 3.38: The Pfizer Worksheet Analysis 78.00 KB Click to Download
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