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Short Introduction to Accounting
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Part of Cambridge Short Introductions to Management

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521179478

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  • An introduction to the fundamentals of accounting and how it is used that will help students apply accounting as a usable, everyday business tool. It adopts an intuitive, informal approach to describe basic principles – what they are, why they exist and how they are used – to help students see the connections between different parts of accounting and the rest of the business world. Written by an award-winning teacher and former management accountant, it encourages students to engage with the material by using questions and worked examples to test knowledge and understanding as they read. It includes a glossary of financial terms that is a useful guide to the language of business. Part of the Cambridge Short Introductions series of concise, authoritative guides to core subjects in business and management.

    • Learn how financial statements are put together and how accounting information is applied to understand why it is important, as well as how it is done
    • Includes questions and worked examples to test the reader's knowledge as they read
    • A glossary of financial terms provides a guide to the language of business
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Essential reading for the business beginner. In lucid prose Barker strips out the jargon to reveal the basic and surprisingly elegant concepts of accounting.”
    – David Champion, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review

    “A gem of a book. A must-read for anyone daunted by the complexities of financial statements.”
    – Jake Cohen, Dean of MBA Programme, INSEAD

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521179478
    • length: 172 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 42 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Part I: Introduction to Part I
    1. A guided tour of the financial statements
    2. The need for financial information
    3. Keeping track of economic activity
    4. Summary of the foundations of accounting
    Part II: Introduction to Part II
    5. The accounts as a lens on growth
    6. Measuring value creation
    7. Understanding risk
    8. Building a corporate valuation model
    Appendix I. Glossary of accounting terms
    Appendix II. Further reading

  • Author

    Richard Barker, Saϊd Business School, University of Oxford
    Richard Barker is Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Professor in Accounting at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In 2013, Richard Barker was named 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Social Sciences' by Oxford University Student Union. He had previously achieved an unprecedented double in 2011, being awarded teaching prizes at the business schools of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the same year. He is also a recipient of the Pilkington Teaching Prize at Cambridge, which is awarded 'in recognition of excellence in teaching'.

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