Contemporary Issues in Management Accounting Alnoor Bhimani Abstract Over the past decade, management accounting has seen changes not just within existing domains of the field but has also witnessed extensions outside its established realms of activity. Wider systemic transformations including changes in political regimes, novel conceptions of management controls, the impact of globalizing forces on commercial affairs, shifts in notions of effective knowledge management, governance and ethics, and technological advances, including the rise of broadband, have all impacted management accounting endeavours. The field is as fast changing as it has ever been.
Budgets can be used to motivate your staff to be more fiscally minded, to pay greater attention to detail and to think before they act.
Successfully using the budget as a motivational tool requires involving employees in the formation, use and monitoring of budget results. Consistency is critical, however: If the budget isn't your focus, it won't be the focus of your employees either.
This can lead to de-motivation or other problems. Include employees in the drafting of the budget.
Employees who have a stake in the budget are more likely to adhere to its goals and objectives. Obtain agreement from all parties to the budget before it is completed. By explicitly seeking agreement from upper management, supervisors and employees, you make sure everyone is held equally accountable for the successes and Managerial accounting budgeting motivational issues of the budget.
Make the completed budget available to all stakeholders. Sending a copy of the final budget to everyone involved jogs the memory of everyone who created the document and ensures they have a chance to review what they have created. Use and Monitoring 1. Record actual performance in a timely manner. Sales and expense information should be entered monthly, at minimum, and more frequently if reliable information is available.
Determine a threshold for investigation of budget variances. By determining a consistent threshold for investigation, managers are not worrying about resources that are insignificant to the company and instead focus on larger issues.
For consistency, subtract budgeted amounts from actual amounts. For revenues, positive variances are favorable. For expenses, positive variances are unfavorable.
Identify variances that are greater than the threshold for investigation to follow up on. Managers should determine the cause for budget variances that are greater than the predetermined threshold. Create action plans for investigated variances.
For identified variances, create plans to address the budget variances and examine the efficacy of your plan in the next period. To use the budget as a motivational tool, you should recognize and reward employees who are performing and adhering to the budget.
It can also be used to correct employees who are straying from the goal. Tip If you make the budget process more enjoyable, by completing the task in project teams, providing refreshments or holding celebrations for successful endeavors, the budget may be more motivational than punitive.
Warning Strictly punishing and rewarding based solely on budget variances could cause employees to make budget goals through unethical behaviors. Be sure that employees are maintaining the goals of your organization while adhering to the budget. References 1 "Managerial Accounting"; Ray Garrison, et al.
He is a certified public accountant, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and has been writing since His career includes public company auditing and work with the campus recruiting team for his alma mater.Budgets can be used to motivate your staff to be more fiscally minded, to pay greater attention to detail and to think before they act.
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ACCT Special Topics in Managerial Accounting 3 Hours Study of cost and accounting information used by managers within the organization for planning and control.
Topics include decision analysis, strategic costing, budgeting, strategic control systems, performance evaluation, behavioral and motivational issues, strategic role of accounting. Managerial Accounting Budgeting These flash cards will help you understand some basic of what is budget, why it is important and how to evaluate performance using budgets.