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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2 edition (22 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471402745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471402749
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,936,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...its great strength is that it simplifies the crucial determinants of company performance without drowning the reader in accounting jargon." (Company Accountant, April 2002)

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Every day managers are flooded with financial information from an over–whelming number of sources company reports, the financial press, and the Internet. While the language of financial statements may sound like a foreign tongue to you, you know you can’t ignore it. To understand how to use financial information to improve the performance of your company, you need a resource that emphasizes how financial statements support meaningful management communications.

Written in accessible, nontechnical language, The Manager’s Guide to Financial Statement Analysis puts the focus on what you need to know to be an effective participant in business communications. Here is a frame–work that helps managers see how business strategy is linked to shareholder accountability through the firm’s financial statements without getting caught in the trap of explaining how financial statements are prepared according to technical accounting rules and regulations. The emphasis of this book is on how you, as a manager, can use financial information to improve the performance of your organization, rather than simply learning how to keep score!

Using a full decade of financial data from Wal–Mart, and case studies of a number of other high–profile firms including Cisco, Dell, and Pfizer, this book presents strategy models that demonstrate how financial information can be utilized to tell a story about a company’s business operations. The Manager’s Guide to Financial Statement Analysis is written in language you can understand the language of business as spoken by managers, not accountants or financial analysts. This book will give you the tools you need to unleash the full communication potential of your company’s financial information, make you a better manager and make your company more competitive.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a basic text for those who have a limited understanding of financial statements and don't intend to learn a whole lot more. The authors provide a user-friendly visual method to relate to abstract figures. Unfortunately, the reader isn't assumed to have acquired additional command of the subject as he reads through the book. This causes the later chapters to drag since the pace hasn't picked up much from the introduction.
The book is marred by some poor technical proofreading (charts with missing data, erroneous dates, etc), but that was a minor annoyance. I was discouraged, though, by the lack of practical applicability -- don't expect to learn much about how to diagnose company problems or strengths at manager level. This book best serves as a primer for those who want to read more about how to perform useful analysis of a company.
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This is an ingenious guide to understanding not only the key concepts of financial statement analyis, but also the levers at the disposal of managers which they can and should employ to proactively improve shareholder value in their firm. The charting methodology the authors have designed is not difficult, but it is nonetheless quite illustrative and well structured. I am using the book to teach a class of forty MBA students from many different countries, and I have found that each chapter fits into a one and a half hour lecture and discussion session very comfortably. From the students' feedback as well as my own background as a former Chief Financial Officer, I am certain that this book will be a valuable tool in any reader's management career.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 1999
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"The Manager's Guide to Financial Statement Analysis" helped develop an excellent financial foundation for me, as a non-financial professional. Reading it wasn't about getting the math correct, it was about telling the story of a company through careful analysis of a company's financial statements. Where once I glided over dollar amounts and percentages, I now read and understand where they come from and what they represent. Since most professionals are responsible for budgets and are likely to be stakeholders in some business or another, it is imperative to have a broad based understanding of financial statement analysis, this is where The Manager's Guide fits in.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Chart your way to positively impact your company's value. 19 May 1999
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Format: Hardcover
This is an ingenious guide to understanding not only the key concepts of financial statement analyis, but also the levers at the disposal of managers which they can and should employ to proactively improve shareholder value in their firm. The charting methodology the authors have designed is not difficult, but it is nonetheless quite illustrative and well structured. I am using the book to teach a class of forty MBA students from many different countries, and I have found that each chapter fits into a one and a half hour lecture and discussion session very comfortably. From the students' feedback as well as my own background as a former Chief Financial Officer, I am certain that this book will be a valuable tool in any reader's management career.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A real mixed bag 7 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
By "manager," the authors appear to mean "someone who is not financially literate." Although this book does a good job of explaining how to analyze financial statements, I was disappointed that it didn't really contain a practical manager's perspective. Instead, this book is just like many others -- it does a credible job from an academic perspective of explaining financial statements and their use. Don't expect to learn much about applying this to your job as a manager or as a small business professional.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Helped develop an excellent financial foundation for non-fin 13 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Manager's Guide to Financial Statement Analysis" helped develop an excellent financial foundation for me, as a non-financial professional. Reading it wasn't about getting the math correct, it was about telling the story of a company through careful analysis of a company's financial statements. Where once I glided over dollar amounts and percentages, I now read and understand where they come from and what they represent. Since most professionals are responsible for budgets and are likely to be stakeholders in some business or another, it is imperative to have a broad based understanding of financial statement analysis, this is where The Manager's Guide fits in.
13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A worthy effort, but ultimately too basic to be very useful. 4 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a basic text for those who have a limited understanding of financial statements and don't intend to learn a whole lot more. The authors provide a user-friendly visual method to relate to abstract figures. Unfortunately, the reader isn't assumed to have acquired additional command of the subject as he reads through the book. This causes the later chapters to drag since the pace hasn't picked up much from the introduction.
The book is marred by some poor technical proofreading (charts with missing data, erroneous dates, etc), but that was a minor annoyance. I was discouraged, though, by the lack of practical applicability -- don't expect to learn much about how to diagnose company problems or strengths at manager level. This book best serves as a primer for those who want to read more about how to perform useful analysis of a company.
Great book - Stop before spending $200 to buy something useless 5 May 2012
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Wow - If I knew about this book when I was in Business School, I could have saved so much money and learn so much more! Love this book. Anyone who is in the financial service/investment banking should take a look at this book.
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