One unique feature of this book is that it uses a comprehensive spreadsheet model that’s integrated within and used throughout the various sections.

It will appeal equally to:

  • a practitioner in a for-profit or not-for-profit organization tasked with designing and operating an integrated planning framework,
  • a consultant looking to design and implement a management control system that meets the customer’s needs,
  • an IT specialist wanting to program integrated systems while interfacing with existing operational systems such as enterprise resource planning, or
  • a business instructor who’s in the process of designing educational training programs that incorporate integrated planning and control into the curriculum.

The book’s simple-yet-methodical approach and structure, coupled with the embedded spreadsheet simulation exercise that readers could use to implement integrated planning systems, make it a handy guide for anyone interested in pursuing a hands-on, continuous understanding of this area.

Rieder and Lawson, the vice president of research and policy and professor-in-residence at IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), provide readers with questions and answers and bullet points to explain various key concepts of the integrated management control model. The book features easy-to-follow illustrations, spreadsheet snippets, diagrams, charts, and anecdotes.

This book assumes that the reader has a relatively high level of accounting knowledge and will best appeal to a seasoned finance executive or educator well versed in the language of management control systems, although students and early-career professionals can also use it as a primer. On balance, by presenting and analyzing an applied scenario with a simulation exercise, the book offers compelling insights for readers looking to supplement their existing knowledge base while considering tactics to implement sustainable coordination of integrated planning and control systems.

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