Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, 3e

John Parkinson, with Charles Draimin    

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-222-4 (2011)
530 pages, 880 g, 7 X 9.25, $58.25 (US$46.50)

A core text for introducing accounting to university and college students from any program or discipline, and any level of study.

Every manager, regardless of their specialization, needs to understand and speak the language of business — they need some accounting knowledge.

Accounting for Non-financial Managers, 3e is a straightforward, user-friendly introduction for those with no prior knowledge of accounting or finance. In addition to exploring the four main financial statements and the process used to develop them, the text also shows how accounting information is used for planning, control, and making both short-term and long-term decisions. Each chapter is amply illustrated with examples from real-life and fictional situations, and the end-of-chapter self-study problems with solutions offer eager students valuable practice-on-their-own opportunities.

Everything you need to understand the basics of

  • Key financial statements
  • Budgeting
  • Financial analysis

This book also features

  • A chapter on accounting for not-for-profit and governmental organizations
  • Appendices on the mechanics of accounting (Double-Entry book-keeping system)

The book includes a companion website with interactive practice questions for students and comprehensive resources for instructors.

Table of Contents   top

1. Introduction  


Section 1: Financial Accounting for Scorekeeping


 2. The Financial  Statements

 3. The Income Statement

 4. The Balance  Sheet (1): Assets

 5. The Balance  Sheet (2): Liabilities  and Equity

 6. Statement  of Cash  Flows


Section 2: Budgeting for Planning & Control


7. Budgeting

8. Cash  Budgeting

9. Budgetary Control

10. Cost  Behaviour and Break-Even  Analysis

11. Allocating Overhead:  Activity-Based Costing and Product Costing 


Section 3: Financial Decision Making


12. Analysis  of Short-Term  Decisions

13. Sources  of Capital

14. Long-Term  Decision  Making

15. Financial  Statement  Analysis 


 Section 4: Accounting for the Not-for-Profit Sector


16. Accounting for  Not-for-Profit and Government  Organizations


Glossary  of  Important Terms 


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Instructor Resources   top

A companion website for instructors includes a restricted access area containing extensive supplementary materials including:

  • Solutions Manual with answers to questions not answered in the book
  • Additional Multiple Choice Questions and Answers
  • PowerPoint Slides

Visit the Instructor Resources website

Related Resources   top

Online Course:

  • Introduction to Management Accounting

About the Author   top

John Parkinson is professor of Accounting & Finance and Director of the School of Administrative Studies at Atkinson College, York University. He graduated with a PhD in finance from Bradford University Management Centre, and he holds professional memberships as fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. His main research interests are the application of process costing in modern manufacturing companies, and the interaction of personality measurement with accounting and practice.

Charles Draimin is Associate professor of Accounting in the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University and a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants.