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Why would Boeing outsource its electronics production and then brings its manufacture back in-house?

In the early 2000s, The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) outsourced key portions of its aircraft manufacturing and design operations, including electronics and central computers. Beginning in 2007, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner (a new model for Boeing) was assembled in the U.S., with global subcontractors assigned the work of assembling key sections of the 787. Subcontractors also […]

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Register for Snapchat 101: Engaging Students in Accounting, an IMA Faculty Friday Webinar

On Friday, September 29, 2017, I will be the speaker for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Faculty Friday Webinar entitled “Snapchat 101: Engaging Students in Accounting.” Snapchat can be a pretty neat tool for engaging with students, especially those in online classes or in large classes. I will be talking first about how to […]

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What costs would the New England Patriots have considered when analyzing the purchase of team planes and when pricing the rental of its team planes?

The New England Patriots recently became the first National Football League (NFL) franchise to buy its own team aircraft. The Patriots purchased two Boeing 767 planes for a total of about $10 million. Both planes have been painted with the team’s logo and colors. The Patriots will use the planes for the ten round trips […]

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Karen Braun’s 7 Excel projects for managerial accounting

If you teach managerial accounting, you may want to look at Dr. Karen Braun’s Excel projects for managerial accounting. She has created seven Excel projects on various topics in managerial accounting, complete with step-by-step student instructions and instructor solutions. The topics include: Job costing Cost behavior CVP analysis Process costing Budgeting Flexible budgeting Division evaluation […]

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Do cash dividends paid affect a company’s breakeven point?

A recent blog posting for the Wall Street Journal had the headline “Big Oil Reaches for a Modest Goal: Breaking Even – Energy Journal[1].” The article stated that the “two-year slump in oil prices led…[big oil companies]…to rein in spending and lay off workers but the firms still didn’t make enough money in 2016 to […]

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Accounting in the Headlines has a new look!

My blog, Accounting in the Headlines, has a new look! Check it out when you can. A few months ago, I went to IdeaBase, a Kent State student-powered design agency located in downtown Kent and worked with the designers to come up with a fresh, new look for Accounting in the Headlines.  All blog postings […]

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What could a Logitech staff accountant have done if he/she knew that the CFO and controller failed to write down the discontinued Revue parts inventory?

In the fourth quarter of 2010, Logitech International released the Revue, a TV set-top box designed to integrate cable/satellite TV with internet content. The Revue Google search bar would be able to find any desired content from any provider and project that content to the TV screen. The Revue was manufactured by contract manufacturers, not […]

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If the AMD Ryzen 16-Core CPU saves $1,000 per computer manufactured, how would computer manufacturers’ variances be impacted?

AMD is rumored to be releasing a new 16-core, 32 thread CPU, that would be significantly more powerful than its competitors – and it would be about $1,000 less expensive than the closest Intel CPU. This AMD chip is named “AMD Ryzen” and it has six more cores than Intel’s current primary desktop CPU – […]

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How would process costing work for gummy bears to be produced at the new US Haribo manufacturing plant?

Haribo has manufactured gummy bears, since 1920. Those bears are currently made in 16 plants around the world. Starting in 2020, those gummy bears will also be made in the US when Haribo opens a new plant in Wisconsin. Worldwide, about 100 million gummy bears are made by Haribo per day. The ingredients in gummy […]

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Introductory managerial accounting Jeopardy game for end-of-semester review

A few days ago, I shared a Jeopardy-style PowerPoint file that can be used for an end-of-semester review in introductory financial accounting classes. In this post, I am sharing a Jeopardy-style game that covers basic topics within an introductory managerial accounting course. This PowerPoint file contains a Jeopardy-style game suitable for use in an introductory […]

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