Accounting for Business Decision Making: Strategy Assessment and Control

About this course: Accounting information is the lifeblood of the organization, as it facilitates and influences operational and strategic decisions intended to achieve organizational goals. Organizations benefit from three decision-oriented roles of accounting: measurement, control, and communication. This course provides an introduction to accounting’s role in helping managers develop and implement, and improve the organization’s strategy. In particular, you will learn how non-financial and financial information is created, organized, and communicated to help managers make strategic decisions, as well as measure strategic success. This course also provides an introduction to accounting as a control function inside the organization, which helps influence the alignment of managers’ and employees’ decisions with organizational goals. You will learn about different types of controls, including process controls, budgets, and performance measurement and evaluation tools and techniques. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: • Create and communicate accounting information that facilitates strategic decisions. • Use accounting information to develop, implement, and improve organizational strategy. • Implement controls that align managers’ and employees’ decisions with organizational goals. • Measure and evaluate manager and employee performance to control and motivate operational and strategic decision-making. If you enjoy this business course and are interested in an MBA, consider applying to the iMBA, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price offered by the University of Illinois.

Created by:   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Gary Hecht, Ph.D.
    Taught by:    Gary Hecht, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accountancy
    Department of Accountancy, College of Business
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Course Orientation
You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course. 

4 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Syllabus
  2. Reading: About the Discussion Forums
  3. Practice Quiz: Orientation Quiz
  4. Reading: Updating Your Profile
  5. Discussion Prompt: Getting to Know Your Classmates
  6. Reading: Social Media
Module 1: Managing Capacity
In this module, you will explore different measures of an organization's capacity and understand their implications for many different decisions, including product pricing. 

8 videos2 readings2 readings
  1. Reading: Module 1 Overview
  2. Reading: Module 1 Readings
  3. Video: 1-1.1. Defining and Measuring Capacity
  4. Video: 1-1.2. Implications of Capacity Measurement
  5. Video: 1-1.3. Application and Extension
  6. Video: 1-1.4. What We’ve Learned
  7. Practice Quiz: Lesson 1-1 Practice Quiz
  8. Video: 1-2.1. Identifying Constraints
  9. Video: 1-2.2. Managing Constraints
  10. Video: 1-2.3. Application and Extension
  11. Video: 1-2.4. What We’ve Learned
  12. Practice Quiz: Lesson 1-2 Practice Quiz
Graded: Module 1 Conceptual Quiz
Graded: Module 1 Quantitative Analysis Quiz
Module 2: Managing Pricing
In this module, you will learn about accounting's role in pricing decisions.  

8 videos2 readings2 readings
  1. Reading: Module 2 Overview
  2. Reading: Module 2 Readings
  3. Video: 2-1.1. Pricing Fundamentals
  4. Video: 2-1.2. Pricing Mechanisms
  5. Video: 2-1.3. Application and Extension
  6. Video: 2-1.4. What We’ve Learned
  7. Practice Quiz: Lesson 2-1 Practice Quiz
  8. Video: 2-2.1. Decentralization and Reporting
  9. Video: 2-2.2. Transfer Pricing Approaches
  10. Video: 2-2.3. Application and Extension
  11. Video: 2-2.4. What We’ve Learned
  12. Practice Quiz: Lesson 2-2 Practice Quiz
Graded: Module 2 Conceptual Quiz
Graded: Module 2 Quantitative Analysis Quiz
Module 3: Planning and Monitoring Operations
In this module, you will explore budgeting in organizations. 

8 videos2 readings2 readings
  1. Reading: Module 3 Overview
  2. Reading: Module 3 Readings
  3. Video: 3-1.1. Budgeting in Organizations
  4. Video: 3-1.2. Types of Budgets
  5. Video: 3-1.3. Application and Extension
  6. Video: 3-1.4. What We’ve Learned
  7. Practice Quiz: Lesson 3-1 Practice Quiz
  8. Video: 3-2.1. Standards and Variance Analysis
  9. Video: 3-2.2. Variance Analysis Concepts and Framework
  10. Video: 3-2.3. Application and Extension
  11. Video: 3-2.4. What We’ve Learned
  12. Practice Quiz: Lesson 3-2 Practice Quiz
Graded: Module 3 Conceptual Quiz
Graded: Module 3 Quantitative Analysis Quiz
Graded: Module 3 Peer Review Assignment
Module 4: Managing Organizational Strategy
In this module, you will explore many aspects of this important system. 

8 videos2 readings2 readings
  1. Reading: Module 4 Overview
  2. Reading: Module 4 Readings
  3. Video: 4-1.1. Defining Strategy
  4. Video: 4-1.2. Measure Attributes and Qualities
  5. Video: 4-1.3. Financial Measures
  6. Video: 4-1.4. What We’ve Learned
  7. Practice Quiz: Lesson 4-1 Practice Quiz
  8. Video: 4-2.1. Non-financial Measures
  9. Video: 4-2.2. Purpose of Strategic Performance Measurement Systems
  10. Video: 4-2.3. The Balanced Scorecard
  11. Video: 4-2.4. What We’ve Learned
  12. Practice Quiz: Lesson 4-2 Practice Quiz
  13. Discussion Prompt: Final Reflections
Graded: Module 4 Conceptual Quiz
Graded: Module 4 Peer Review Assignment
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