Cost Analysis to Support
Strategic Decisions

01 - 04 February 2022
Sandton Centre, Johannesburg South Africa

Cost Analysis to Support Strategic Decisions

Register Now! Limited Seats Available!

Public R15, 999.00

Online R9, 999.00

Online R9, 999.00

Introduction:

The Cost Analysis to Support Strategic Decisions training course intends to support all organizations improving the bottom line. Adding value and making more sound operational & financial decisions.

In this variance analysis course, participants learn to analyze the performance of projects, and even entire departments, from a financial perspective; gain a deeper understanding of cost management and how resources are allocated throughout an organization; and understand how to leverage cost and variance analysis to position a particular project or department for success.Cost analysis is critical for making informed strategic decisions in the business.

No matter what background you come from, this course will make costing, budgeting and performance measurement easily understood for every discipline across the organization.This programme will allow you to explore the traditional tools of cost analysis and control as well as new advanced approaches, which reflect and respond to the current complex business environment. In particular, you will learn:

  • the cause-and-effect relationship among business strategy, operational objectives, measures and targets, and systems of performance measurement and reporting
  • traditional techniques of cost analysis and control
  • advanced costing and management techniques (ABC, ABB, ABM, target costing)
  • overhead cost allocation and reduction
  • the balanced scorecard construction and implementationv

Course Objectives:

  • Enhance cost awareness and its relationship with strategy
  • Describe specific cost analysis and performance measurement techniques
  • Select the costing measurement system that works
  • Select the systems of performance measurement that works
  • Discuss real case studies
  • From cost to strategy to performance measurement
  • Broadening the management accounting knowledge
  • Deliver more timely and useful information to decision makers
  • Identify and manage key financial and non-financial indicators for the business

Who Should Attend:

  • Staff who need to know more about business budgeting and costing terms and techniques to improve their communication with accounting colleagues
  • Anyone from non-financial disciplines that needs to know how to financially evaluate proposed business expenditure decisions
  • Managers who need to improve their skills in constructing and controlling their budget
  • Supervisors from every business discipline and department who have to manage departments and plan, cost, and budget during their business careers
  • Executives who need to evaluate plans for approval and variance reports for corrective action

Course Outline:

Session One

Introducing the linkages between strategy and costing

  • Managing contemporary organisation
  • Strategic Plan, Budgeting, Costing and Management Control
  • Management Accounting for organizational control systems
  • Responsibility accounting and the process-view
  • The context for costing
  • The Budget and its role for achieving organizational targets
  • What is it the situation in your organisation?

Session Two

Cost analysis and classifications

  • Cost terms and classification
  • Inventoriable vs. period costs
  • Manufacturing vs non-manufacturing costs
  • Variable vs. Fixed costs (CVP analysis)
  • Direct vs. indirect cost
  • Under-costing and Over-costing problems
  • Problems and Examples – Case study illustration

Session Three

From cost accounting to management control

  • Cost allocation: traditional costing and activity-based costing (ABC)
  • From traditional budgeting to Activity-based budgeting (ABB)
  • Activity-based management
  • Decentralized organizations
  • Cost/Profit/Investment centers
  • Transfer-pricing issues
  • Problems and Examples – Case study illustration

Session Four

Flexible budgets and variance analysis

  • The features of budgetary control
  • Define the master budget and explain its major benefits to an organization
  • Describe the difference between a static budget and a flexible budget
  • Compute flexible-budget variances and sales-volume variances
  • Explain why standard costs are often used in variance analysis
  • Integrate continuous improvement into variance analysis
  • Case study, problems and exercises

Session Five

Linking strategy to actions: Beyond costing

  • Shortcomings of traditional approaches to measurement
  • The Balanced Scorecard: linking Strategy to Performance Measurement
  • Financial perspective, Customer perspective
  • Internal Business Process perspective, Learning and growth perspective
  • Developing and adapting scorecard
  • Case study illustration

End of the Workshop

IN HOUSE AND ONLINE TRAINING

While both In-House and Online training can present with cost-effectiveness and time-efficacy, there are some very specific differences between in-house courses and those based online.
The demand for additional courses by individuals or groups of people is increasing. Still, it depends entirely on the preferences of a person what type of training he or she wants to receive. Online courses and in-house training carry some similarities but they are considered to exhibit some very pivotal differences too. Despite that, both types of learning can be really beneficial for attendees.

For Registration and other Training arrangements,
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info@bmktraining.co.za / www.bmktraining.com