Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management

Strategic Cost Analysis for Managers

Dates: Nov 18-19, 2014| Mar 31-Apr 01, 2015| Nov 12-13, 2015

Certificate Track: Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition: $3,300 (excluding accommodations)

Program Days (for certificate credit): 2

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This program is about how to analyze projects from a cost-accounting perspective. It will offer a unique opportunity for program and project managers to learn cost accounting-based project management practices and strategies for making smart project choices which justify outcomes and create value. Program material is drawn from our popular and highly-rated MBA courses on financial and managerial accounting and shows how managers can leverage cost analysis to better influence the outcomes of product development and project management.

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The program will offer a series of interactive lectures, cases, and small group exercises that will help participants better understand:

  • The language and mechanics of the accounting that goes on in complex organizations
  • How to identify good results even though the accounting numbers look bad, and bad results when the accounting numbers look good
  • Cost allocations, absorption costing, and transfer pricing, and their effect on reported performance
  • Company’s internal metrics for evaluating management

This program has been developed for senior program and project managers from a wide range of consumer and business-to-business industries, including:

  • Managers from engineering, manufacturing, IT and technology departments
  • Directors of project management, product and business development, and R&D
  • Chief project engineers
  • Product design and process development engineers
  • Key staff members with performance responsibility

Please note that faculty are subject to change and not all faculty teach in each session of the program.

  • Michelle Hanlon

    Howard W. Johnson Professor
    Professor of Accounting

    Michelle specializes in empirical research at the intersection of taxation and financial accounting. Her recent work examines the capital market and financial accounting effects of book-tax conformity; measures, causes, and consequences of corporate tax avoidance; tax and accounting effects on foreign investment and repatriation of foreign earnings; and an examination of firms that report their financial accounting fraudulently... ... (more)
  • Scott Keating

    Senior Lecturer, Accounting

    Scott Keating teaches in the accounting group. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Keating taught at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business for eight years. As a clinical professor of accounting, he taught case-based managerial accounting in the full-time MBA program, the evening and weekend MBA programs, and the Executive MBA programs in Chicago, London, and Singapore... ... (more)
  • Christopher Noe

    Senior Lecturer, Accounting

    Chris Noe specializes in the fields of financial accounting and corporate finance. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at MIT Sloan, Dr. Noe was a Vice President at Charles River Associates, an economics consulting firm. His work at CRA included valuation of business enterprises, financial securities, and specific assets/liabilities; financial statement analysis; examination of accounting restatements; solvency assessment; and damages estimation... ... (more)
  • Sugata Roychowdhury

    Associate Professor of Accounting

    Sugata Roychowdhury is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Carroll School of Management of Boston College. He joined Boston College after spending seven years at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, where he was a multiple recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. At Boston College, Professor Roychowdhury is the Core-Coordinator for Managerial Accounting and also teaches a PhD... ... (more)
  • Joseph Weber

    George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management
    Professor of Accounting

    Joseph Weber specializes in empirical work on the importance of accounting information in financial contracts. His recent work documents how an innovation in the commercial debt market—performance pricing—allows for more efficient contracting by reducing the expected renegotiation costs of the contract... ... (more)
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:30 PMWelcome and Introduction, Introduction to Strategic Cost Analysis
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
01:30 PM - 05:00 PMCost Accounting, Day 1 Summary
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMContinental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 12:00 PMWelcome Back and Preview of Day 2, Basic Project Finance
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLuncheon
01:00 PM - 03:30 PMProject Performance Evaluation

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