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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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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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What costs are relevant when determining how many pizzas a month Zume Pizza must sell to break even?

Zume Pizza uses a combination of robots, artificial intelligence (AI), and GPS in its food trucks to deliver pizzas to customers’ houses just as the pizza is finished baking. Pizzas are actually prepared and baked in the Zume pizza truck by an employee assisted by robots.  Zume Pizza started operations in April 2016 and is currently […]

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How many Classic Moana™ dolls must Disney sell to cover its costs of developing the sustainable packaging for the doll?

Walt Disney’s new movie, Moana™, opened in theaters across the United States in late November 2016.  The movie is about an island teenager, Moana™, who sets out on an action-packed voyage to save her people. Disney has released a doll modeled after the heroine of the movie, its Classic Moana™ doll.  The doll is 11” […]

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What managerial accounting tools could be used by Giant Eagle to evaluate whether it should put refrigerator doors in its dairy section?

Giant Eagle is a grocery store chain with stores located in Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Recently, it installed refrigerator doors on the dairy section in many of its stores. Previously, the dairy section was refrigerated but had no doors. The refrigerator doors will reportedly use 78% less energy than the amount of […]

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How would replacing a tattoo artist with a robot change the cost structure at a tattoo studio?

French artists Pierre Emm and Johan da Silveira have developed a prototype of a tattoo robot during an Autodesk-sponsored Pier 9 residency in San Francisco. There are several steps involved in the tattooing process when performed by a robot. First, a 3D scan of the targeted body part has to first be made. The tattoo […]

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How many snow cones need to be sold for a Snowie™ snow cone cart to break even?

Snowie™ is a brand of flavored shaved ice that is sold in snow cones at a variety of events and locations across the United States.  Recently, a Snowie™ cart was spotted at the Kent Heritage Festival this summer. During this festival, street vendors offer a variety of foods and drinks. At the Snowie™ cart, festival […]

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How does replacing employees with ordering kiosks at Panera change its break even point?

During 2016, Panera Bread Company (PNRA) is building ordering kiosk centers in its cafes. These ordering kiosks will allow customers to browse nutritional content of its menu items and will allow for personalization of menu items.  Panera has stated that wait times will be shortened and order accuracy will be improved by using this new […]

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How much in sales does Boswell’s Beanery need to break even for its booth rental costs at a home and garden show?

Boswell’s Beanery is a locally-owned specialty food product company in Northeast Ohio that has been in existence for over thirty years. Its products include flavored coffees and teas, dips, dressings, sauces, and seasonings. The company attends a variety of craft and other shows throughout the year and sets up a booth at each show to […]

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