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Back to basics
on 1 April 2011
Alasdair Drysdale has produced what should become a standard text for financial controllers and management accountants. As an engineer, I have worked in a variety of companies from multi-nationals to smaller companies and I cannot think of any of these companies that would not benefit from reading and applying the many techniques and methods that he describes. This is not a textbook for theoreticans and students, this is a book that is solidly based in the real world with all the problems and pitfalls that lurk in the business jungle.
The book can be read from cover to cover but the sheer number of good practical ideas means that that most readers would be unlikely to do this. They are more likely to read Part 1, get excited (or worried) about the things that they haven't done and rush out to take action. Alasdair literally showers the reader with ideas, all of which can save money, reduce confusion and increase business control in both financial and operational areas. It would be very difficult to complete the book without saving money, increasing control and removing potential risks.
Financial control is not an exciting subject but this book makes it readable, practical and accessible.