Financial Ratios for Executives is written specifically with today’s global executive in mind. It makes financial ratios easy to understand and use effectively. This short book will prove invaluable to both financial and non-financial executives looking for easy, intuitive methods to assess corporate health and assist in strategic decision making. Financial Ratios for Executives contains over 100 financial ratios and other useful calculations. It includes ratios that are commonly used, such as return on investment (ROI), return on assets (ROA), return on equity (ROE), economic value added (EVA), and debt-to-equity ratio, just to name a few. It also includes many less-well known—yet powerful—ratios that can provide unparalleled insight into operations, financial management, sales and marketing efforts, and overall performance, among other areas. Using realistic financial and operational data from two fictional companies, the explanation of each ratio includes: Type of ratio Formula for calculating the ratio Description of the ratio Example based on ABC Company or XYZ Company Additional comments or insights In addition to the section on financial ratios, financial experts Michael Rist and Albert Pizzica have included a section on capital budgeting, an understanding of which is essential for both the financial and non-financial executives before they take part in an annual budget meeting or any other business meeting where capital allocation is discussed. It includes the most important tools of finance, such as net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), payback method, and total cost of ownership. Who gets ahead in the business world? Those who understand the numbers. It’s as simple as that. Financial Ratios for Executives is for those who want to understand how to use financial data to support their initiatives, solve persistent problems, uncover opportunities, bolster company health, and shine in corporate meetings.
Engineering Management: Meeting the Global Challenges prepares engineers to fulfill their managerial responsibilities, acquire useful business perspectives, and take on the much-needed leadership roles to meet the challenges in the new millennium. Value addition, customer focus, and business perspectives are emphasized throughout. Also underlined are discussions of leadership attributes, steps to acquire these attributes, the areas engineering managers are expected to add value, the web-based tools which can be aggressively applied to develop and sustain competitive advantages, the opportunities offered by market expansion into global regions, and the preparations required for engineering managers to become global leaders. The book is organized into three major sections: functions of engineering management, business fundamentals for engineering managers, and engineering management in the new millennium. This second edition refocuses on the new strategy for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals and managers to meet the global challenges through the creation of strategic differentiation and operational excellence. Major revisions include a new chapter on creativity and innovation, a new chapter on operational excellence, and combination of the chapters on financial accounting and financial management. The design strategy for this second edition strives for achieving the T-shaped competencies, with both broad-based perspectives and in-depth analytical skills. Such a background is viewed as essential for STEM professionals and managers to exert a strong leadership role in the dynamic and challenging marketplace. The material in this book will surely help engineering managers play key leadership roles in their organizations by optimally applying their combined strengths in engineering and management.
"Business ratios, formulas, and statistics are used by controllers, business managers, and analyst to evaluate company operations and performance. This book presents a comprehensive resource of nearly 250 operational criteria, allowing managers to pick and choose the tools they need to best assess their organization's performance. The measurements contain not only financial matters but also those related to efficiency, effectiveness, capacity, and market share. In addition, measurements related to asset utilization, operating performance, cash flows, liquidity, capital structure, return on investment, and market performance.Each measurement includes a description, an explanation of the calculation, an example, and cautions regarding its use. There is also a description of an electronic spreadsheet to compile a standard set of measurements using Excel as the template.This new edition will include over 20 new measurements"--
Make Better Business and Investment DecisionsBusiness Managers, Entrepreneurs & Investors will learn to use Financial Statements for:* Profitability comparison, to help improve performance of businesses and investments* Liquidity testing, to assess how comfortably a business can maintain operations* Leverage measurement, which can be used to check risk* Efficiency benchmarking, to improve internal operations* Market-based analysis, to decide between alternative investments"Ratio Analysis Fundamentals" will give the financial statement novice power to add value to business and investments. The book covers 17 Financial Ratios that can be used for the financial analysis of a business.Each financial ratio section provides:* The formula* A worked example* Guidance on where to locate the data in the financial statements* Guidance on how to interpret the result of the ratio analysis calculationAccounting information is too often seen as a necessary compliance issue, or simply 'record-keeping', but with tools like ratio analysis you can look behind the raw numbers and see the 'story' of the business; and this is when accounting information turns from 'record-keeping' into an indispensable value creator.What's New in the 2nd Edition:* Revised and improved content in many sections as a result of the author's further research.* Updated formatting to assist reading experience.* Removal of spelling and grammatical errors to reduce confusion and improve professionalism.If You Want to get more use of financial statements for your business and investments then this is the Book to Buy
Financial Statement Analysis and the Prediction of Financial Distress discusses the evolution of three main streams within the financial distress prediction literature: the set of dependent and explanatory variables used, the statistical methods of estimation, and the modeling of financial distress. Section 1 discusses concepts of financial distress. Section 2 discusses theories regarding the use of financial ratios as predictors of financial distress. Section 3 contains a brief review of the literature. Section 4 discusses the use of market price-based models of financial distress. Section 5 develops the statistical methods for empirical estimation of the probability of financial distress. Section 6 discusses the major empirical findings with respect to prediction of financial distress. Section 7 briefly summarizes some of the more relevant literature with respect to bond ratings. Section 8 presents some suggestions for future research and Section 9 presents concluding remarks.
The Thinking Strategist
Author: Vickie Cox Edmondson
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Organized in two parts, The Thinking Strategist presents a seven phase strategic management process, helps to clarify terms used by strategists and top leaders, provides theory and practices to empower readers to understand and meet expectations in a business capstone course and in industry, and assumes they are held accountable for results.
The measure of the executive, Peter Drucker reminds us, is the ability to 'get the right things done'. Usually this involves doing what other people have overlooked, as well as avoiding what is unproductive. He identifies five talents as essential to effectiveness, and these can be learned; in fact, they must be learned just as scales must be mastered by every piano student regardless of his natural gifts. Intelligence, imagination and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that convert these into results. One of the talents is the management of time. Another is choosing what to contribute to the particular organization. A third is knowing where and how to apply your strength to best effect. Fourth is setting up the right priorities. And all of them must be knitted together by effective decision-making. How these can be developed forms the main body of the book. The author ranges widely through the annals of business and government to demonstrate the distinctive skill of the executive. He turns familiar experience upside down to see it in new perspective. The book is full of surprises, with its fresh insights into old and seemingly trite situations.
The Leadership Pipeline
Author: Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
An updated and revised version of the bestselling The Leadership Pipeline – the critical resource for how companies can grow leaders from the inside. In business, leadership at every level is a requisite for company survival. Yet the leadership pipeline –the internal strategy to grow leaders – in many companies is dry or nonexistent. Drawing on their experiences at many Fortune 500 companies, the authors show how organizations can develop leadership at every level by identifying future leaders, assessing their corporate confidence, planning their development, and measuring their results. New to this edition is 65 pages of new material to update the model, share new stories and add new advice based on the ten more years of experience. The authors have also added a "Frequently Asked Questions" section to the end of each chapter.
Principles of Managerial Finance
Author: Lawrence J Gitman, Roger Juchau, Jack Flanagan
Publisher: Pearson Higher Education AU
Once again, Principles of Managerial Finance brings you a user friendly text with strong pedagogical features and an easy-to-understand writing style. The new edition continues to provide a proven learning system that integrates pedagogy with concepts and practical applications, making it the perfect learning tool for today’s students. The book concentrates on the concepts, techniques and practices that are needed to make key financial decisions in an increasingly competitive business environment. Not only does this text provide a strong basis for further studies of Managerial Finance, but it also incorporates a personal finance perspective. The effect is that students gain a greater understanding of finance as a whole and how it affects their day-to-day lives; it answers the question “Why does finance matter to ME?” By providing a balance of managerial and personal finance perspectives, clear exposition, comprehensive content, and a broad range of support resources, Principles of Managerial Finance will continue to be the preferred choice for many introductory finance courses.
In his sixty-five-year consulting career, Peter F. Drucker, widely regarded as the father of modern management, identified eight practices that can make any executive effective. Leadership is not about charisma or extroversion. It’s about these practices: Effective executives ask, “What needs to be done?” They also ask, “What is right for the enterprise?” They develop action plans. They take responsibility for decisions. They take responsibility for communicating. They focus on opportunities rather than problems. They run productive meetings. And they think and say “we” rather than “I.” Since 1922, Harvard Business Review has been a leading source of breakthrough ideas in management practice. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers you the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world.
Readable and usable in style and valuable in approach, this text provides the practical and succinct advice that students and practitioners need, rather than a sole concentration on debate theory, assumptions, or models. Like no other text of its kind, the author applies corporate finance to real companies. The new Third Edition has four real-world core companies to study and follow. Perfected suited for MBA programs’ corporate finance and equity valuation courses, all business decisions are classified into three groups: the investment, financing, and dividend decisions.
Author: McKinsey & Company Inc., Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart, David Wessels
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
McKinsey & Company's #1 best-selling guide to corporate valuation, now in its sixth edition Valuation is the single best guide of its kind, helping financial professionals worldwide excel at measuring, managing, and maximizing shareholder and company value. This new sixth edition provides insights on the strategic advantages of value-based management, complete detailed instruction, and nuances managers should know about valuation and valuation techniques as applied to different industries, emerging markets, and other special situations. Valuation lies at the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance. In today's economy, it has become an essential role — and one that requires excellence at all points. This guide shows you everything you need to know, and gives you the understanding you need to be effective. Estimate the value of business strategies to drive better decision making Understand which business units a corporate parent is best positioned to own Assess major transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings Design a capital structure that supports strategy and minimizes risk As the valuation function becomes ever more central to long- and short-term strategy, analysts and managers need an authoritative reference to turn to for answers to challenging situations. Valuation stands ahead of the field for its reputation, quality, and prestige, putting the solutions you need right at your fingertips.
Now, Discover Your Strengths
Author: Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Outlines a program developed by Gallup experts and based on a study of more than two million people to help readers discover their distinct talents and strengths and how they can be translated into personal and career successes. 100,000 first printing.
Analysis Without Paralysis
Author: Babette E. Bensoussan, Craig S. Fleisher
Publisher: Pearson Education
Rev. ed. of: Analysis without paralysis: 10 tools to make better strategic decisions. c2008.
Author: Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown
Publisher: Harper Collins
Wall Street Journal Bestseller A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.