The course "Advanced Management Accounting and Control" intends to give you a comprehensive perspective of both conceptualization and use of strategic Management Accounting Systems (MAS). The first objective of the course is to refresh your knowledge of a couple of strategic MAS (e.g., ABC, Target Costing, Benchmarking, etc.). Casework on these systems will complement the more operative focus of most B.Sc. lectures on management accounting. Based on this, you will be enabled to develop a profound understanding of how MAS can be used, implemented and diffused successfully, in particular how they can be put in place in order to facilitate learning processes in an organization. Finally, we will concentrate on the tasks and roles of controllers as well as CFOs, encompassing the function of controllers supporting managers and the concept of rationality assurance. Lectures will be supported by discussions of research in management accounting as well as by practitioner lectures. This year, these lectures are held by Lothar Burow (Head of Corporate Business Intelligence, Bayer) and Stefan Schnell (Senior VP Corporate Controlling, BASF).
You are encouraged to participate actively in class discussion!
Part I: A contingency perspective on MAS
- Activity Based Costing
- Target Costing
Part II: A learning perspective on MAS
- Learning with MAS & Benchmarking
- Learning with Reporting and Early Warning Systems
Part III: Use, implementation and diffusion of MAS
- How are MAS used in practice?
- Why do MAS implementation projects fail - and how to succeed?
- What drives diffusion of new MAS?
Part IV: Looking behind MAS: Controllers and CFOs
- Who needs controllers - and why?
- Tasks and Roles of CFOs