About the Author
Peter C. Brewer is a professor in the Department of Accountancy at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He holds a BS degree in accounting from Penn State University, an MS degree in accounting from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee. He has published 30 articles in a variety of journals including: Management Accounting Research, the Journal of Information Systems, Cost Management, Strategic Finance, the Journal of Accountancy, Issues in Accounting Education, and the Journal of Business Logistics. Professor Brewer is a member of the editorial boards of Issues in Accounting Education and the Journal of Accounting Education. His article “Putting Strategy into the Balanced Scorecard” won the 2003 International Federation of Accountants’ Articles of Merit competition and his articles “Using Six Sigma to Improve the Finance Function” and “Lean Accounting: What’s It All About?” were awarded the Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Gold and Silver Medals in 2005 and 2006. He has received Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business Teaching Excellence Award and has been recognized on two occasions by the Miami University Associated Student Government for “making a remarkable commitment to students and their educational development.” He is a leading thinker in undergraduate management accounting curriculum innovation and is a frequent presenter at various professional and academic conferences. Prior to joining the faculty at Miami University, Professor Brewer was employed as an auditor for Touche Ross in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He also worked as an internal audit manager for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He frequently collaborates with companies such as Harris Corporation, Ghent Manufacturing, Cintas, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Schneider Electric, Lenscrafters, and Fidelity Investments in a consulting or case writing capacity.
Ray H. Garrison is emeritus Professor of Accounting at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University and his D.B.A. degree from Indiana University. As a certified public accountant, Professor Garrison has been involved in management consulting work with both national and regional accounting firms. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Management Accounting, and other professional journals. Innovation in the classroom has earned Professor Garrison the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award from Brigham Young University.
Eric W. Noreen is a globetrotting academic who has held appointments at institutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is currently Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington and Visiting Price Waterhouse Professor of Management Information & Control at INSEAD, an international graduate school of business located in France.He received his B.A. degree from the University of Washington and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. A Certified Management Accountant, he was awarded a Certificate of Distinguished Performance by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpfulBy Julien Beignet on February 7, 2010 Format: Hardcover
I have written this review for the preceding, fourth edition of this book. However, I found it so great I wanted to let the potential buyers about this book.
As a professional studying part-time, I was first afraid of the size and apparent "density" of this book. However, it's turned out to be the best manual I have ever experienced, whether it is in exact sciences or social sciences.
1. The text is clearly written and understandable, which is the reason why this is a 600-page book: the authors take their time to explain clearly (but still as succinctly as possible) what they want you to understand, then learn. At the end of the day, the book reads fast.
2. Within each chapter, there are plenty of 150-word illustrations of concrete examples, taken from leading newspapers or accounting journals, which help linking the theory (the main body of the book) to the practice (real life). These are up-to-date, in addition to be interesting.
3. There are multiple quick exercises and problems, throughout the chapters, which are answered (with explanations) at the end of each chapter. On many occasions, they have helped me understand more deeply the discussion of the chapter, and they have also helped me perform in the exercises and problems I had to do myself during my course (more by guiding me rather than stupidly working by complete analogy).
4. The book is clearly structured, with "learning objectives" stated at the beginning of each chapter (with a brief description), and at the end of each chapter (with a brief summary). Paragraphs are clearly defined, there are definitions of key words and concepts at the end of each chapter, complemented by a complete index.
5. Last but not least, this is the first time I have experienced an actually useful and enjoyable "multimedia" book. By going on the book's website, one can download a 30-minute presentation (audio narrated text, or narrated video slide show) for each chapter: storable on an iPod and/or any computer. Great before reading the chapter, as well as after. In addition, one or two additional "real life" video examples are available per chapter, in a journalistic type reportage. There are also many useful quick exercises on-line (which also give a short explanation when your answer is wrong), excel templates, and more.
In summary, this book is surely great for full-time students. As for part-time students (or professionals who want/need to get an introduction or refresh of their memory about accounting), who will have to struggle with a busy schedule and lack of enthusiasm to start studying in the evening, this book is perfect! Congratulations to the authors!