The objective of management accounting is to help managers achieve the missions and strategies established for their enterprise. It is a branch of accounting that provides financial and other information to managers. A key role for management accountants is to establish the control systems used to achieve organizational goals and minimize risks. One of the most important of these is budgetary control, a powerful tool that encourages planning, sets milestones, evaluates performance and suggests paths for improvement. Management accountants also develop information systems that communicate strategic and operational priorities to managerial decision makers.
The objective of this course is to help participants better understand the role and functioning of budget control and to situate it within the larger context of management control.