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Performance Management Finance Library

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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.

  • Cost and Effect: Using Integrated Cost Systems to Drive Profitability and Performance
    Robert S. Kaplan and Robin Cooper (1997)
    Two highly respected academics present a resource for understanding and implementing activity-based cost management, and show how to improve company profits and performance. Provides a detailed blueprint to enable managers to make better decisions and to promote organizational learning. Explains why activity-based costing has great benefits, not only for accounting but also management and business strategy.
  • The EVA Challenge: Implementing Value-Added Change in an Organization
    Joel M. Stern and John S. Shiely (2001)
    The cofounder of the EVA concept explains how it can be used for measuring a company’s true profitability and providing a strategy for enhancing corporate and shareholder wealth. Shows how to customize EVA initiatives for different types of organization, to improve corporate economic value by focusing on corporate, financial, and market performance. Compares EVA with other performance measures and financial management systems, and presents the...
  • The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola and Other Top Companies are Honing Their Performance
    Peter S. Pande, Robert Neuman, and Roland R. Cavanagh (2000)
    The authors are Six Sigma experts who have taught major firms how to effectively implement this business management strategy. Explains how Six Sigma operates as a useful and straightforward tool that integrates a quest for perfection into organizational planning. Shows you how to launch a Six Sigma initiative, with examples from companies that have introduced the program.
  • Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them
    Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich (1999)
    Examines the most common mistakes we make when spending, investing, or saving money. Uses behavioral economics to explain these mistakes and problems, using everyday examples and scenarios. Provides the reader with an alternative view of financial problems, and offers practical solutions and advice, with exercises in each chapter.  

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