Final Paper

Due to varying business characteristics, the managerial accounting techniques applied in each
business may differ. For example, a business in the start-up phase may rely heavily upon
budgeting and capital investment techniques; whereas, a business in the mature/maintaining
phase may rely heavily upon cost management and quality control. Ultimately, the techniques
used by management should assist the business in achieving its short-term and long-term goals
through effective decision-making.

For your Final Paper, you will analyze the role of managerial accounting in two parts. Part I will
provide a general overview of managerial accounting. Part II will provide examples of how
managerial accounting theories and principles are applied in the business world. You may find it
helpful to reflect upon your own professional experiences for examples.

Part I (Three to four double-spaced pages)
Present the following:

Definition of managerial accounting
Role of managerial accounting and the management accountant in a business or organization
Ethical issues/concerns for the management accountant
General description of at least three managerial accounting techniques available and their
application within a business or organization
Part II (Four to six double-spaced pages)

Select at least three of the five topics identified below:

Cost Management Techniques
Costing Methods

Capital Investment Decision Techniques
Quality Control
For each topic selected present real world examples of the application of managerial accounting
techniques within a business or organization. Examples may be gathered from your own
professional experiences or from case studies obtained from credible sources (excluding
textbook examples explored in previous weeks). Presentation of each example should include
how a managerial accounting technique was applied in the business or organization’s decisionmaking model. Be sure to support your example with calculations when applicable.

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style
as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a title page with the following:


Title of paper


Student’s name


Course name and number


Instructor’s name


Date submitted


Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.


Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.


Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.


Must use at least five scholarly sources.


Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.