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LO 1.1Carlita believes an important part of the planning process for managers is being sure to position the company to achieve its goals. She thinks that positioning is an extensive concept and can depend on the right information and that managerial accountants assist in positioning the company. Is she correct? Explain.


LO 1.1What are some activities and tasks a manager might perform when engaging in the controlling function of management responsibilities?


LO 1.1If there are deviations from the stated goals and objectives, what steps can managers take to get back on track? Provide at least two specific examples.


LO 1.1Explain how managerial accountants help managers plan, control, and evaluate.


LO 1.1How do the subject matter of reports and the verification of reports differ between financial accounting and managerial accounting?


LO 1.2What is the purpose of management accounting?


LO 1.2Who are the primary users of the information gathered by managerial accountants?


LO 1.2What are the key differences between financial accounting and managerial accounting?


LO 1.3Other than accounting skills, what six qualities must be prevalent in a managerial accountant?


LO 1.3Explain how having more than one of the accounting credentials would be beneficial to an accounting career.


LO 1.3Briefly discuss the chain of command for someone being hired into an organization as a staff managerial accountant.


LO 1.3According to the information available at, what are six different areas of accounting on which you can focus your career?


LO 1.3According to the information on management accounting available at, what are some areas of specialization?


LO 1.3Go to and look up your state to find projected job growth and projected salaries.


LO 1.4What other professional business organizations have a code of ethics?


LO 1.4How can having a bonus system based purely on sales goals create an environment that encourages unethical behavior?


LO 1.4What led to the United States Congress passing the public accounting reform act called Sarbanes-Oxley?


LO 1.5What is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system? What are the principal benefits of such a system?


LO 1.5Describe what is meant by the term “balanced” in the term balanced scorecard method.


LO 1.5What is corporate social responsibility, and who are the stakeholders?

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