Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Managerial accounting, or management accounting, focuses on providing information for use by internal users – the management.

This branch deals with the needs of the management rather than strict compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Managerial accounting involves budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis, cost analysis, evaluation of business decisions, and similar areas.

Lesson 1

What is Managerial Accounting?

Managerial accounting, or management accounting, is the branch of accounting that focuses on providing information for use by internal users, specifically – the management. Learn all about this field, the members of the management, and the chief management accountant or controller, in this introductory lesson. Read more..
Lesson 2

Managerial Accounting vs. Financial Accounting

Managerial accounting and financial accounting are two of the most prominent branches of accounting. They both deal with processing information which is useful in decision-making; however, they have differences that distinguish them from each other.
Managerial accounting focuses on processing economic information to used by the management in making decisions. Financial accounting involves the preparation of general-purpose financial statements used by various users in making informed decisions. Read more..
Lesson 3

Managerial Accounting vs. Cost Accounting

Despite the presence of overlapping topics, cost accounting and managerial accounting are two different branches having different study focus. Let us find out the difference between cost accounting and managerial accounting. Read more..
Lesson 4

Standards of Ethical Conduct for Management Accountants and Financial Managers

Management accountants should behave ethically. They have an obligation to follow the highest standards of ethical responsibility and maintain good professional image.
The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has developed four standards of ethical conduct for management accountants and financial managers: competence, confidentiality, integrity, and credibility. Read more..
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