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The canon of finance literature is vast, with hundreds more publications emerging every year. This section distills the main lessons from most influential finance books both past and present, from the cornerstones to the most popular reads. Each summary includes a concise overview and analysis of the book's most distinctive contributions to management thinking and practice, along with bibliographic information for the featured title and related works by the author.

  • Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists
    Peter Atrill and Eddie McLaney (6th ed 2008, originally 1995)
    Teaches the basics of accounting and finance, with each chapter including a summary, glossary, and exercises (with answers at the end of the book). Taking a practical and non-technical approach, it uses tables, graphs, and source material to illustrate key points. All essential terms are explained to ensure the reader can use the book as an introduction and quick reference guide.  
  • Corporate Financial Management
    Glen Arnold (5th ed 2012, originally 1998)
    A comprehensive introductory text on corporate finance that helps the beginner move up to an intermediate level of knowledge. Sets out the basic principles of finance in a clear style, while working through the main elements of business management. Examines financial decision-making, and how the financial markets operate, while integrating it into a practical analysis of how companies operate.
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
    Barry Elliott and Jamie Elliott (16th ed 2013, originally 1993)
    Offers clear and well-structured analysis of the main issues in financial accounting and reporting. Includes extensive coverage of International Accounting Standards (IASs) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), and uses the latest International Accounting Standards as a framework. Examines the underlying tension between theory and practice, and analyzes the use of company accounts.
  • Financial Control for Non-Financial Managers
    David Irwin (1995)
    Aimed at managers new to financial responsibility, guiding them on how to understand and use the figures at their disposal to control their businesses. Explains the inner workings of financial planning, and how to develop effective budgets and forecasts. Demonstrates how effective financial control helps the management of the whole business.  
  • Financial Management
    Jae K. Shim and Joel G. Siegel (3rd ed 2009, originally 1986)
    Is a comprehensive primer that provides a good depth of discussion without being too theoretical. Emphasizes the practical application of principles, concepts, and tools of financial management. Offers a complete overview of the subject using easy learning features, and can be used to reinforce course material for students.
  • Financial Management for the Small Business
    Colin Barrow (6th ed 2006, originally 1984)
    Designed to assist with the basics of business finance for the managers of small businesses. Focuses on key areas, informing on financial statements, financial analysis, business plans, and budgets. Gives advice on successful financial planning and control, and how to operate a small business from a solid financial platform.
  • Financial Management: An Introduction
    Jim McMenamin (1999)
    Teaches the basics of accounting and finance from a UK perspective. Useful when integrated into a course by tutors and academics as a stand-alone module. Each chapter includes a content overview, an outline of the learning objectives, and review questions and exercises (with answers at the end of the book), allowing for practical learning.  
  • Foundations of Multinational Financial Management
    Alan C. Shapiro and Atulya Sarin (6th ed 2008, originally 1991)
    A focused and practically oriented textbook that examines real-life financial management decision-making in an international context. Provide a clear strategy for understanding the impact of financial management processes on business operations. Demystifies and simplifies the subject in a clear conceptual framework that helps learning.
  • Frank Wood’s Business Accounting, Volumes 1 and 2
    Frank Wood and Alan Sangster (12th ed 2011, originally 1967)
    Provides a clear and straightforward introduction to the core techniques and skills required to fully understand the foundations of financial and business accounting. Each key topic is reinforced through worked examples and self-assessment material to help monitor progress and learning. Useful for anyone new to accountancy and bookkeeping, or those who wish to update their bookkeeping skills.
  • International Financial Management
    Cheol S. Eun and Bruce G. Resnick (6th ed 2011, originally 1998)
    Combines an analysis of the essential financial concepts with a practical approach to implementation. Offers a conceptually solid treatment of international financial topics, teaching what is necessary to become an effective global financial manager. Used as course material by many of the top business schools, including Wharton, Stanford, Northwestern, and INSEAD.
  • Introduction to Accounting
    Pru Marriott, J. R. Edwards, and H. J. Mellett (3rd ed 2002, originally 1989)
    Provides an accessible introduction to accounting for students. Analyzes the basic accounting techniques and concepts and shows how to apply them in a practical way. Flexible learning resource that can be easily used for working on your own or in a classroom.
  • Management Accounts: How to Use Them to Control Your Business
    Tony Skone (1995)
    Explains management accounts in an easily understandable style, especially for managers needing to make strategic decisions regarding their business. The emphasis throughout the book is on applying the information. Explains the jargon, identifies both what is important and what is irrelevant, and advises on what accounts information you should be receiving.
  • Managing Financial Resources
    Mick Broadbent and John Cullen (3rd ed 2003, originally 1993)
    Addresses the complexities of financial planning and control, and explains key concepts. Focuses on finance for the non-financial manager, helping them understand the principles involved in managing financial resources. Makes it easier for educators to prepare materials, and structure courses for students at different levels.
  • Mastering Financial Management: Demystify Finance and Transform Your Financial Skills of Management
    Stephen Brookson (1998)
    Enables business managers and executives to master the essentials of financial management, and to learn techniques of immediate use. Explains commercially vital concepts, processes, practices, and terminology, and shows how they should best be adopted and implemented. Covers finance and accounting in a way that brings competitive advantage to those previously with little knowledge of the subject.
  • Multinational Business Finance
    David K. Eiteman, Arthur I. Stonehill, and Michael H. Moffett (13th ed 2012, originally 1973)
    Helps managers of multinational enterprises recognize and capitalize on the unique characteristics of the global markets. Communicates the background and complexities of international finance, maintaining a managerial focus. Examines the environment that the multinational business operates in, and offers guidance on the specific financial and business measures that need to be taken into account for varying circumstances.
  • Principles of Corporate Finance
    Richard A. Brealey, Stewart C. Myers, and Franklin Allen (11th ed 2013, originally 1983)
    Provides a comprehensive and practical introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of corporate finance. Can be beneficial throughout your career, from learning the basics as a student, to job training, to further learning such as an MBA, or as a reference for practicing financial managers. No previous knowledge is needed as the book takes you through all the basic information for implementing financial techniques.
  • Taxes and Business Strategy: A Planning Approach
    Myron S. Scholes, Mark A. Wolfson, Merle M. Erickson, Edward L. Maydew, and Terrence J. Shevlin (4th ed 2008, originally 1992)
    Focuses on the importance of effective tax planning in the business and investment decision-making process. Presents the implications of certain taxation issues in a straightforward and understandable fashion. Analyzes the main tax issues faced by investment bankers, making it an essential resource for planning tax and business strategy.
  • Test Your Financial Awareness
    John Hodgson (2000)
    Gives an introduction to the basics of finance and what you need to know to successfully operate as a financial manager. Uses a question and answer format to help you hone financial skills and knowledge. Helps provide an understanding of the ”black art” that is finance.
  • The Essence of Financial Management
    David R. Myddelton (1995)
    Useful as a reference for managers wanting to improve their knowledge and skills in financial management. Examines the current issues and topics of financial management and corporate finance. Takes a practical approach to the subject, showing how to implement the concepts and techniques discussed.
  • The Finance Manual for Non-Financial Managers: The Power to Make Confident Financial Decisions
    Paul McKoen and Leo Gough (1996)
    Information and advice on both core and new financial skills for the non-financial manager. Gives a full explanation of the financial tools, terms, techniques, and strategies necessary for successful management. Experienced finance experts bring their expertise to explaining the inner mysteries of the corporate finance world.  
  • The Portable MBA in Finance and Accounting
    Theodore Grossman and John Leslie Livingstone (eds) (4th ed 2009, originally 1992)
    Provides a simplified learning resource for understanding finance and accounting as an organizational tool, especially for those who do not have time to do an MBA. Helps explain how the numbers work, how they can be used for competitive advantage, and how to use them for managing a business more effectively. Written by a team of professors from top business schools, it offers an overview of all the key concepts, topics, and terms.
  • The Theory of Finance
    Eugene F. Fama and Merton H. Miller (1972)
    Helped shape the field of finance as a separate discipline, and became a landmark book across business schools worldwide. Examines the essential theoretical frameworks of finance, and also provides a resource to understanding how the building blocks of finance are organized. Uses a framework for learning that combines a variety of approaches to give a full perspective on key concepts.

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