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Cost Analysis and Control

Cost Analysis and Control

Cost Analysis and Control – Discover the importance of analyzing and managing costs!

Cost Analysis and Control is an essential topic in accounting and finance as its effects stretch to all departments and impact the financial position of the organization. Cost management covers several cost concepts such as job and batch orders and absorption costing.

The pinnacle of any cost management training is activity-based costing which helps in making better decisions. Among these decisions are whether to drop or keep a product, make or buy, and replace or keep a piece of equipment.

Moreover, cost management includes allocating costs of service departments internally. Also covered in this course are cost estimations and transfer pricing.

The course will close with evaluating performance and a brief discussion on the balanced scorecard and managing scarce resources.

In this Cost Analysis and Control course, you will examine management control systems as tools to implement and track strategy.

You will also see how management control systems can influence human behavior in organizations.

You will use “responsibility centers” to impact the control process, and you will analyze their underlying control techniques and various evaluation metrics.

The “profit center” approach is one of the most widely employed evaluation techniques to measure performance. You will gain a clear understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. You will also look at some methods used to measure profitability.

There is an aggressive drive to lower costs from world-wide sources, and the concept of inter-company “transfer prices” is a crucial management tool utilized to move products and services throughout the decentralized organizational structure.

You will complete an in-depth review of strategic planning and the resulting budget process.

This course aims at making this advanced subject easier for participants to understand by covering the material using several examples and exercises.

You might be interested in other Financial courses as a next step.

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

Discover the importance of analyzing and managing costs

Develop important tools for planning and decision making

Explain Activity-Based Costing (ABC) and Activity-Based Management (ABM)

Estimate costs and allocate them properly

Evaluate and manage performance through strategic cost management

 

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

Participants who fully attend this course and complete the test on the last day will receive a Strategic Axis Professional Certificate (SAPC). SAPC certificates are regionally recognized and can be quite valuable when applying for more senior roles within the organization or outside.

COURSE OUTLINE

Modules

Module 1: Strategic need for analyzing and managing costs

Definition of cost management

Dimensions of cost management

Product costing systems: concepts and design issues

Cost behavior, types, and hierarchy

Cost accumulation job shop

Batch production operations

Variable versus absorption costing

Module 2: Cost management decisions

Decision-making process

Identifying relevant costs

Evaluating alternatives

Outsourcing decisions: make or buy

Add or drop product or business line

Replacing equipment

Special order pricing decisions

Module 3: Activity based management

ABC systems

Analyzing value-added versus nonvalue-added activities

Activity-based management

Managing customer profitability

Managing quality and time to create value

Module 4: Cost estimation and transfer pricing

Cost estimation techniques

Identifying and choosing a cost driver

Simple regression analysis

Multiple regression analysis

High-low method

Applications in Microsoft Excel

Allocating costs of support departments

Direct way

Step method

Reciprocal arrangement

Inter-group transfer pricing issues

Module 5: Evaluating and managing performance

Cost, volume, profit analysis

Breakeven point

The breakeven point for multiple products

Target income

Operating leverage

Margin of safety

Managing scarce resources

Flexible budget

Activity-based budgeting

Strategy, balanced scorecards, and performance measurement

 

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