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The New Roles of Management Accounting
Discusses how traditional management accounting is adapted to contemporary economics.
# 28148 | 3,813 words | 22 sources | APA | 2002
Published on Jun 22, 2003 in Accounting (Managerial) , Business (Accounting) , Business (Management) , Accounting (General)

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This paper examines the applicability of traditional management accounting techniques in the modern market-driven environment, along with the new roles and responsibilities that are vital for thriving management accountants. The paper shows that it is imperative for management accountants to acquire critical skills, namely communication and analytical expertise, comprehensive knowledge in the area of accounting, information technology and the business and the ability to work in a team, so as to fully reap the benefits of the new advanced approaches.

Table of Contents:

1 Introduction
2 The Evolution of Management (Cost) Accounting
2.1 Single-Activity Enterprises
2.1.1 Early Nineteenth Century Textile Mills
2.1.2 Middle Nineteenth Century Railroad Companies
2.1.3 Late Nineteenth Century Large Retailers
2.2 Scientific Management Movement and Standard Costing
2.2.1 The Scientific Management Movement
2.2.2 The Emergence of Standard Costing
2.3 Multi-Activity Enterprises
2.3.1 Return on Investment (ROI)
3 Critique of 20th Century Management Accounting
3.1 Lack of Relevance
3.2 Cost Distortion
3.3 Inflexibility
3.4 Incompatibility with World Class Approaches
3.5 Inappropriate Links to the Financial Accounts
4 21st Century Management Accounting
4.1 The Focus of Future Management Accounting
4.2 The Role of Future Management Accounting
4.2.1 Internal Consultants or Business Analysts
4.2.2 Team Member / Leader and Advisor
4.2.3 Financial Information Specialists and Information System Designer
4.3 Critical Skill Required By Management Accountants
4.3.1 Sound Understanding of Accounting Knowledge and Skills
4.3.2 Comprehensive Understanding and Competence of Business
4.3.3 Communication Skills
4.3.4 Analytical Skills
4.3.5 Knowledge of Information Technology Systems
4.3.6 Teamwork
5 Conclusion
6 Bibliography

From the Paper:

"According to a survey by the UK's Institute of Internal Auditors (2001), communication skills are considered to be the most prized attributes of the internal accountants. The changing role and functions of management accounting entail management accountants to actively participate within cross-functional teams. Thus, it is fundamental for these professionals to possess strong communication skills, as they are required to liaise with managers and guide the firm's strategic and tactical decisions on a daily basis (McNair, 2000). As such, communication skills are important for these professionals to communicate throughout the organization, which ranges from senior management to support staff levels, as well as vendors, competitors, and other professionals."

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