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Financial Intelligence : A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean
Companies expect managers to use financial data to allocate resources and run their departments. But many managers can't read a balance sheet, wouldn't recognize a liquidity ratio, and don't know how to calculate return on investment. Worse, they don't have any idea where the numbers come from or how reliable they really are.In Financial Intelligence, Karen Berman and Joe Knight teach the basics of finance-but with a twist. Financial reporting, they argue, is as much art as science. Since nobody can quantify everything, accountants always rely on estimates, assumptions, and judgment calls. Savvy managers need to know how those sources of possible bias can affect the financials-and they need to know that sometimes the numbers can be challenged.While providing the foundation for a deep understanding of the financial side of business, the book also arms managers with practical strategies for improving their companies' performance-strategies such as "managing the balance sheet" that are well understood by financial professionals but rarely shared with their nonfinancial colleagues.Accessible,
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Harvard Business Press
January 12, 2006
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