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Accounting: A Very Short Introduction [#383]
Accounting: A Very Short Introduction [#383]
  • Examines the key concepts and the main types of accounting work
  • Traces the development of accounting over the centuries
  • Examines the building blocks of financial reports, such as assets and liabilities
  • Looks at how accounting differs between countries and the importance of international standards
  • Includes a glossary of key terms

If you read the 'business pages' of a newspaper or if you listen to the financial news on the television or radio, you will often hear terms such as 'liability', 'balance sheet' or 'earnings'. These terms turn up in non-financial contexts as well: 'he was more of a liability than an asset'. If you invest in shares, have a building society account, or sit on a committee of the property company which owns your apartment block, you will receive financial statements every year. If you are a manager in a company, a hospital or a school, you will see accounting information often. 
This Very Short Introduction provides a guide to understanding and using accounting information. Christopher Nobes explains the main areas of accounting work, from bookkeeping and financial reporting to auditing and management accounting. 


1: Introduction
2: How accounting has developed internationally and over time
3: The fundamentals of financial accounting
4: Financial reports of listed companies
5: International differences and international standardization
6: Regulation and Audit
7: Costs and volumes
8: Budgets, standard costs and balanced scorecards

About the author: 

Christopher Nobes is Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He is also Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor of Accounting at the Norwegian Business School. He has written several popular works in the area of Accounting including Pocket Accounting: The Essentials of Accounting from A to Z (4th ed Economist Books, 2001) and the Dictionary of Accounting (Penguin, 2002).

Product details

ISBN : 9780199684311

Christopher Nobes
152 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Mar 2014
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Accounting: A Very Short Introduction [#383]

Accounting: A Very Short Introduction [#383]

Accounting: A Very Short Introduction [#383]