Resources & Publications

August 2011
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Features

Every Manager Can Be an Innovator
By Noah P. Barsky, CMA, CPA, and Anthony H. Catanach Jr., CMA, CPA
The demand for business innovation has increased, and managers are now asked to be primary sources for these kinds of change. The authors focus on five areas of the value chain where opportunities for innovation can be found: market analysis; product development and design; sales and marketing; procurement, production, and distribution; and after-sale service. There’s also a nine-point list describing what it takes to be an innovator.


Brian L. McGuire: Teaming for Success
By Kathy Williams
For years, IMA Chair Brian McGuire, a second-generation IMAer, has been inspiring association members and his university students to achieve their best. Now he’s concentrating on helping keep IMA and the CMA at the forefront of the profession. The 2010 Integra Distinguished Professor Award winner at the University of Southern Indiana, Brian almost chose a completely different career path, and he talks about the choices that brought him to where he is today.


Comparing Budgets to Performance
By Teresa Stephenson, CMA, and Jason Porter
This is the second in a three-part series that looks at ways to use an Excel-based budget to analyze a company’s performance. Having already created the Static Budget, this installment discusses a Flexible Budget that updates the static version using actual sales units. This will let you calculate sales and contribution margin variances with a final goal of a full variance analysis.


2012 Student Case Competition
POGS at the Park, POGS at Home: C-ing Business Expansion Opportunities

By Thomas G. Canace and Paul E. Juras, CMA, CPA
The case was prepared to provide an opportunity for students to interpret, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate a solution to a management accounting problem. The owner of the Pikesville Lightning, a AAA baseball team, wants suggestions for ways to carry business into the offseason and an analysis of his plan to sell POGS (a hot dog sold at the stadium) to the fans at home by marketing scaled-down POG ovens.

Columns

PERSPECTIVES
Increasing the ROI of CMA Certification


TAXES
Circular 230: Final Regulations


ETHICS
A Second Case of Fraud at Thor Industries


CAREERS
Personal Branding: Create Your Value Proposition


FINANCIAL REPORTING
A World of Fair Value


IMA LIFE
A Solid Foundation

Departments

SF BULLETIN
• CFTC Action Derails House Bill Delaying Dodd-Frank Deadlines
• Real-Time Reporting of Swaps Could Disadvantage End-Users
• House Likely to Cancel Dodd-Frank Salary Reporting Provision
• Business Groups Criticize FSOC’s Preliminary Views
• Books: Linking Systems to Improve Benefits
• Books: Creating Value that Lasts
• Letters: Practical and Useful
• IMA News: Notice of Termination


EXCEL
Check Every Date Between Two Dates


ACCESS
Master Budget Project: The Balance Sheet Report


TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Wacom Bamboo Stylus, Seagate GoFlex Satellite, KMI SoftStep KeyWorx, iRiver Story HD e-Reader


TECH FORUM
The Tablet Horizon—An Update


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