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Lies, Damned Lies, and Cost Accounting by Reginald Tomas Lee

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CHAPTER 16

Do You Need Accounting?

Accounting and accounting data have taken center stage with managerial decision-making for many decades. As a result, understanding and managing costs, and reporting desirable profit numbers has become the focus of many leaders and executives. The key question, though, is: Should it? Do you need accounting and accounting data to run your company? The answer is: No. Let me explain.

Let’s consider accounting dynamics from two perspectives. One is from hindsight and the other is foresight.

Hindsight

When looking at accounting data in hindsight, you will see a scenario like one seen in Exhibit 16.1.

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Exhibit 16.1 ...

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