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Managerial Accounting For Dummies by Mark P. Holtzman

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Chapter 1

The Role of Managerial Accounting

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding why managerial accounting is important

arrow Costing business activities

arrow Planning for profits and cash flow

arrow Monitoring and evaluating performance

arrow Considering the tasks and accreditation of managerial accountants

After months of work, you find yourself on your long-anticipated road trip, cruising down the highway for a relaxing week at the shore. Your goal is to enjoy a quiet week of sand, surfing, and fun. To reach your goal, you need a strategy, which in this case is loading up your car with luggage, tying the surfboards to the roof, filling the tank with fuel, and hitting the gas.

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