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Winter 2012

MAQ Winter 2012 Cover


By Bruce Bettinghaus, Ph.D.; Marinus Debruine, Ph.D.; and Parvez R. Sopariwala, Ph.D.
The authors say that Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 151 does not go far enough in reporting idle capacity costs. They propose a standard that requires companies to recognize the expense on the income statement and the idle assets on the balance sheet and to include disclosures detailing the breakdown of the expense between cash flows and accruals.
By Sharon M. Bruns, Ph.D.; Cynthia Jackson, Ph.D.; and Yue Zhang, Ph.D.
Organizations can develop an effective peer-reporting system by carefully considering specific steps to ensure that the ethical conduct management expects is strongly emphasized, that employees are treated fairly and encouraged to develop loyalty and positive feelings toward the organization, and that communication channels are designed to support effective feedback.
By Bruce A. Leauby, CMA, CPA, CFE, Ph.D., and Kristin Wentzel, Ph.D.
Several years ago, the authors’ university linked their fundamental management accounting and financial management courses to show the natural interdependence of accounting and finance in the workplace. The authors then surveyed their students to see if they understood the reasoning and what they thought.
By Charles J. Pineno, Ph.D.
Many companies use the balanced scorecard to measure their performance and help them achieve their goals. The challenge to management is to focus on the appropriate combination of goals and objectives that will maximize the organization’s financial return.