Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, 4e

John Parkinson, with Charles Draimin    

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-347-4 (2016)
584 pages, 1180 g, 8 X 10, $64.50 (US$51.60)

A core text for introducing accounting to university and college students from any program, 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, 4e explains accounting in straightforward terms to those who are not accounting specialists. Written in an accessible way, with no prior knowledge of accounting for finance required, it describes the four main financial statements and the process that is used to develop them. The text shows how accounting information is used for planning, for control, and for making both short-term and long-term decisions.

Each chapter is amply illustrated with

  • detailed examples and exhibits
  • self-study problems with solutions

This book also features

  • a chapter on accounting for not-for-profit organizations
  • appendices on the mechanics of accounting
  • mini cases for concept application

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. The Statement  of Cash  Flows

 7. Financial Statement Analysis


Section 2: Budgeting for Planning & Control


8. Budgeting

9. Cash Budgeting

10. Budgetary Control

11. Cost  Behaviour and Break-Even  Analysis

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


Section 3: Financial Decision Making


13. Analysis  of Short-Term  Decisions

14. Sources  of Capital

15. Long-Term  Decision  Making


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


16. Accounting for  Not-for-Profit Organizations


Glossary  of  Important Terms 


Student Self-Study Resource

Click here for a detailed table of contents.

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 in the School of Administrative Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 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 Professor and Chair of Accountancy in the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.