A direct, realistic, and efficient way to learn cost accounting. Fundamentals is short (approximately 700 pages) making it easy to cover in one semester. The authors have kept the text concise by focusing on the key concepts students need to master. Opening vignettes and In Action boxes show realistic applications of these concepts throughout. All chapters end with a 'Debrief' that links the topics in the chapter to the decision problem faced by the manager in the opening vignette. Comprehensive end-of-chapter problems provide students with all the practice they need to fully learn each concept.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Overview 1Cost Accounting: Information for Decision Making 2Cost Concepts and Behavior Cost Analysis and Estimation 3Fundamentals of Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis 4Fundamentals of Cost Analysis for Decision Making 5Cost Estimation Cost Management Systems 6Fundamentals of Product and Service Costing 7Job Costing 8Process Costing 9Activity-Based Costing 10Fundamentals of Cost Management 11Service Department and Joint Cost Allocation Management Control Systems 12Fundamentals of Management Control Systems 13Planning and Budgeting 14Business Unit Performance Measurement 15Transfer Pricing 16Fundamentals of Variance Analysis 17Additional Topics in Variance Analysis 18Nonfinancial and Multiple Measures of Performance Appendix: Capital Investment Decisions: an Overview
A Professor of Management at the University of California-Davis, Professor Maher previously taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and the University of Washington. He also worked on the audit staff at Arthur Andersen & Co. and was a self-employed financial consultant for small -businesses. He received his BBA from Gonzaga University (which named him Distinguished Alumnus in 1989), and his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and earned the CPA from the state of Washington. Professor Maher is president of the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, and has served on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Management Accounting Research, and Management Accounting. Co-author of two leading textbooks, Principles of Accounting and Managerial Accounting, Maher has co-authored several additional books and monographs, including Internal Controls in U.S. Corporations and Management Incentive Compensation Plans, and published articles in many journals, including Management Accounting, The Journal of Accountancy, The Accounting Review, The Journal of Accounting Research, Financial Executive, and The Wall Street Journal. For his research on internal controls, Maher was awarded the American Accounting Association's Competitive Manuscript Award and the AICPA Notable Contribution to Literature Award. He has also received the award for the Outstanding Tax Manuscript, and from the students at the University of California's Graduate School of Management, he has received the Annual Outstanding Teacher Award three times and a special award for outstanding service twice