Discussion Forum

Research Paper Writing
September 7, 2019
Short story analysis: A respectable woman by Kate Chopin
September 7, 2019

For each model discussion forum, you are required to provide an in-depth response, usually 4-5 paragraphs. Additionally, your primary posting must be supported by at least one academic reference.

Module 01: Discussion Forum
Production costs are included in inventoriable costs. Other costs in the value chain are not included in inventory but, instead, are treated as period costs under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Do you think production costs should be treated as period costs, or that other costs of the value chain should be included in inventoriable costs? If so, which ones? Why or why not?
Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (require supporting citations) along with at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in supporting your answer.

Module 03: Discussion Forum
The following categories represent types of process manufacturing industries:
Soft drink beverages
Chemicals
Food
Forest and paper products
Metals
Pharmaceuticals
Soap and cosmetics
(The list intentionally omits petroleum refining to get you to think of other industries)
Select one (1) of the categories from the list above and:
Identify one company involved in the manufacturing of products in that category.
Identify typical products manufactured by that company.
Identify typical raw materials you believe are used by the selected company.
Identify the types of processes you believe are involved in producing the products.
Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (require supporting citations) along with at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in supporting your answer.

Module 05: Discussion Forum
Explain at least three reasons why firms would care about allocating support/service department costs and provide examples.
Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (require supporting citations) along with at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in supporting your answer.
Module 07: Discussion Forum
Many managers like to build slack into the budget by underestimating projected sales or overestimating future expenses. Do you think budgetary slack has a place in the budgeting process? Why or why not? Provide specific examples of benefits or consequences.
Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (require supporting citations) along with at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in supporting your answer.

Module 08: Discussion Forum
Explain how you think standard costs and variance analyses could help managers in Saudi Arabia achieve the goals of Vision 2030.
Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (require supporting citations) along with at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in supporting your answer.
Module 09: Discussion Forum
The readings for this module focused on different ways of measuring segment performance. In addition to being a good management practice, segment performance is also evaluated to often determine the compensation or bonuses for managers. Do you think compensation for senior segment managers should be tied to the segment performance using Return on Investment (ROI)? Why or why not? Which method of evaluation do you think would be best and why?
Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (require supporting citations) along with at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in supporting your answer.

Module 11: Discussion Forum
Arar Corporation’s controller, Abdulrahman, was asked to prepare a capital investment analysis for a robot-guided aluminum window machine. This machine would automate the entire window-casing manufacturing line. Abdulrahman has just returned from an international seminar on qualitative inputs into the capital investment decision and the value chain. He is eager to incorporate these new ideas into the analysis. In addition to the normal net present value analysis (which produced a significant negative result), Abdulrahman factored in figures for customer satisfaction, scrap reduction, reduced inventory needs, and reputation for quality.
With the additional information included, the analysis produced a positive result for the investment. Do you think these other factors should be included in Abdulrahman’s analysis? Elaborate on why or why not.
Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (require supporting citations) along with at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in supporting your answer.
Module 14: Discussion Forum
Both GAAP and IFRS require that firms provide balance sheets and income statements from at least 2 years in annual financial reports. Why would the comparative financial statements be required? Identify and explain at least 3 benefits for users of the comparative financial statements compared to single year financial statements.

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