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The Portable MBA in Finance and Accounting, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-52632-3
602 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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Table of Contents

List of Downloadable Materials.

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

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Contributors.

PART I FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING.

1 Understanding Financial Statements (Les Livingstone).

2 Analyzing Financial Statements (Les Livingstone).

3 Analyzing Business Earnings (Virginia Earll Soybel).

PART II FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT.

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).

PART III BUSINESS ENTITIES.

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

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

10 The Integrity of Financial Reporting (Les Livingstone).

PART IV MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING.

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).

PART V PLANNING AND STRATEGY.

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).

PART VI ADVANCED TOPICS.

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).

Glossary.

Index.

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Author Information

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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