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Overview

One of the primary objectives of today's corporate manager ordirector is to create value for the company's shareholders. Yetmany managers and most employees still have difficulty in fullyunderstanding the drivers of shareholder value and how theiractivities relate to these drivers.

With numerous years of experience in the world offinance—most recently as the founder and President of ValueAdvisory Group, LLC—author Jack Alexander knows what it takesto build long-term value in today's competitive businessenvironment. And now, in Performance Dashboards and Analysis forValue Creation, he wants to show you how.

Straightforward and accessible, this timely resource will assistyou in developing a comprehensive understanding of valuation andcreating a direct link between shareholder value and criticalbusiness processes. Divided into three information-packed parts,Performance Dashboards and Analysis for Value Creationincludes: Part One, Creating Context and Covering the Basics,provides a foundation for the concepts utilized in the ValuePerformance Framework (VPF)—a performance management systemdeveloped by Alexander—including basic finance concepts andvaluation principles. Part Two, Linking Performance and Value,presents key elements of the VPF. Each of the valuedrivers—sales growth, relative pricing strength, operatingeffectiveness, capital effectiveness, cost of capital, and theintangibles—are linked to critical business activities andprocesses; and key performance measures, analytical models,performance dashboards, and tools for improving each value driverare explored in depth. Part Three, Driving Performance and Value,examines how the concepts and tools outlined throughout the bookcan be used to improve business performance and build long-termshareholder value. Effective implementation of dashboards as partof a comprehensive performance management framework (PMF) isdiscussed, and key findings—based on the author's benchmarkstudy of performance and shareholder value—are reviewed.

To drive home the points discussed throughout the book, acompanion website has been included. The analytical models andsample performance dashboards found on this website are the perfectway to begin developing dashboards and analysis for your specificneeds.

Many companies use performance measures, but only a few haveachieved the full potential benefits that a well-designed andimplemented performance management framework has to offer. Nomatter what industry your company competes in, you need a way tomeasure, monitor, and manage the key activities and processesrequired to improve business performance and achieve long-termvalue. Performance Dashboards and Analysis for Value Creationcontains the information and expertise you need to do justthis—and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470047972
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/3/2006
  • Series: Wiley Finance Series, #376
  • Edition description: Includes CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,521,704
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Alexander is founder and President of Value Advisory Group, LLC, a consulting firm with a focus on improving business performance and building shareholder value. He is a lecturer at Babson College, where he teaches corporate finance and advanced finance electives in the MBA program. Alexander is a frequent speaker on value-based management and business performance management. Prior to establishing Value Advisory Group, Mr. Alexander held a number of senior operating and financial positions in the industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA from Rider University and a BS in business management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

List of Dashboards.

Preface.

About the Author.

Acknowledgments.

CHAPTER 1 The Management Challenge: Integrating Performance,Finance, and Value.

PART ONE Creating Context and Covering the Basics.

CHAPTER 2 Fundamentals of Finance.

CHAPTER 3 Key Valuation Concepts.

CHAPTER 4 The Business Model and Financial Projections.

PART TWO Linking Performance and Value.

CHAPTER 5 Drivers of Shareholder Value and the Value PerformanceFramework.

CHAPTER 6 Revenue Growth and Pricing Strength.

CHAPTER 7 Operating Effectiveness.

CHAPTER 8 Capital Effectiveness: Working Capital.

CHAPTER 9 Capital Effectiveness: Long-Term Assets.

CHAPTER 10 Cost of Capital and the Intangibles.

PART THREE Driving Performance and Value.

CHAPTER 11 Building a Performance Management Framework.

CHAPTER 12 The Economics of Mergers and Acquisitions.

CHAPTER 13 Benchmark Takeaways and Summary.

Glossary.

About the CD-ROM.

Index of Performance Measures.

Subject Index.

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