The Manager's Guide to Financial Statement Analysis / Edition 2

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Praise for The Manager's Guide to Financial Statement Analysis

"The Manager's Guide to Financial Statement Analysis opens the door for both financial and nonfinancial managers to develop a framework for understanding a company's true financial performance. The Manager's Guide goes the extra step by providing the reader with the skills necessary to communicate the impact of a firm's financial measures in a nontraditional, easy-to-understand manner. It is this combination of understanding and effective communication that allows the manager to then improve a firm through the use of financial information."-Christopher D. Flick, Investment Manager, The Vanguard Group

"The Manager's Guide to Financial Statement Analysis has helped me in both my personal (investing) and professional (management) lives. The authors unravel the complexities of financial statements so that the information they contain can be easily digested and exploited. There is no more hiding a company's strategy behind a set of financial statements. I keep this book close at hand!"-Steven I. Glusman, Chief Engineer, Comanche Helicopter Program, Boeing Rotorcraft Program Management Center

"A valuable framework for communicating firm results and aligning managers around common goals. The methodology links the information contained in a company's financial statements with its external market performance in a format that is easily understandable by the different functional managers of any company."-Scott Teeter, The LTC Group

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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)
Explains how financial statements support meaningful management communications, in accessible, nontechnical language, drawing on a decade of financial data from Wal-Mart and on case studies of other high-profile firms. Offers a framework that helps managers see how business strategy is linked to shareholder accountability through the firm's financial statements, yet does not attempt to explain how financial statements are prepared according to technical accounting rules and regulations. Emphasis is on how managers can make use of financial information to improve the performance of the organization. Jablonsky teaches at Penn State University. Barsky teaches in the College of Commerce and Finance at Villanova University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471402749
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/5/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 589,504
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN F. JABLONSKY, PhD, CPA, is the senior member of The Management Communications Group and a faculty member at Penn State University. He helps managers see how they can develop a better understanding of their businesses through financial information. He has written numerous articles and monographs for various publications, and holds a BS, an MAS, and a PhD in accountancy from the University of Illinois. This is his fifth book.

NOAH P. BARSKY, PhD, CPA, CMA, is a faculty member in the College of Commerce & Finance at Villanova University. His research and teaching focus on how corporations use performance measurement systems to integrate strategy, control, and accountability. Mr. Barsky has published articles in various academic and professional journals. He received his BS and MS from Penn State University and his PhD from the University of Connecticut.

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Table of Contents





Financial Statements and Business Strategy.

Strategic Profit Model: Margin Management.

Strategic Profit Model: Asset Management.

Strategic Profit Model: Return on Assets.

Strategic Profit Model: Financial Management.

Strategic Profit Model: Comprehensive Management.

Strategic Financing Model: Long-Term Investment and Financing.

Strategic Financing Model: Financing the Business.


Market Valuation: Market Performance Measures.

Market Valuation: Long-Term Debt.

Market Valuation: Common Stock.

Market Valuation: Strategic Profit Model Revisited.

Appendices: Case Studies.

Introduction to Case Studies.

Appendix A: Dell Computer Corporation.

Appendix B: Pfizer, Inc.

Appendix C: Cisco Systems.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    Finally: A Lively, Compreshensive, Financial Book that is understandable by all

    In our current business environment people must uderstand financial terms and be able to communicate them in a quantitative and qualitative manner. So why is it that the principles of finance and strategy are understood by few ? Perhaps it is because current finance texts overlook the need for comprehensive financial understanding. Alternatively, 'The Manager's Guide to Fianancial Statement and Analysis', by Dr. Barsky and Dr. Jablonsky, has created a financial guide that enables all to understand finance. This Guide discusses strategies for growth and provides tools for uncovering an organization's strategy for growth. The text discusses margin management, asset management, return on assets and financial management through the strategic profit model. It is rare when you find a book that discusses not only the big picture of business but also provides tools for readily understanding the details to grasp the big picture. If you enjoy learning about business, 'The Manager's Guide to Fianancial Statement and Analysis' should be a core holding in your private library. The buy and hold strategy definately applies here.

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