Advanced Management Accounting

Question 1
Select the best answer for each of the following unrelated items. Answer each of these items by giving the number of your choice. For example, if the best answer for item (a) is (1), write (a)(1). If more than one answer is given for an item, that item will not be marked. Incorrect answers will be marked as zero. Marks will not be awarded for explanations.
1 mark each
a. Cost leadership is an example of which of the following?
1) Strategic direction
2) Pricing tactic
3) Competitive strategy
4) Corporate-level strategy
b. In a management control system, a detector performs which of the following functions?
1) Detects behaviour
2) Measures what happened
3) Transmits information
4) Determines the significance of past events
c. Which of the following is the best explanation for an unfavourable materials quantity variance?
1) The price of direct materials was greater than planned at standard.
2) More product was produced than was planned for in the budget.
3) Production equipment was not properly maintained,
4) Production exceeded sales.
d. Which of the following is a benefit of decentralization?
1) Decentralization allows for easier communication within the organization.
2) Decentralization improves profits through intercompany sales.
3) Decentralization ensures optimal decisions.
4) Decentralization allows faster response to local conditions.
e. Which of the following statements is the best example of moral hazard?
1) A manager accepts risk knowing that any negative consequences will be borne by another person.
2) Perquisites will be over-consumed by managers.
3) Individuals will pursue their own goals to the detriment of the firm.
4) Managers incur additional costs to monitor employees who are not properly trained.
Use the following information to answer parts (f) and (g).
Pagget Inc. receives an average of 600 orders per year for product X. The product requires five
hours of manufacturing time on dedicated equipment. The equipment has an annual capacity of
5,000 hours.
f. What is the average wait time needed for production?
1) 1.75 hours
2) 3.75 hours
3) 5.00 hours
4) 6.50 hours
g. What is the excess capacity of the dedicated equipment?
1) 1,450 hours
2) 1,500 hours
3) 2,000 hours
4) 2,450 hours
h. Which of the following best describes the time interval from customer order to product
1) Order receipt time
2) Manufacturing lead
3) Customer response time
4) Order-delivery time
i. Which of the following would be included in a quality cost report as an appraisal cost?
1) Product testing
2) Suppliers¡¦ evaluations
3) Liability claims
4) Machine repairs
j. According to the theory of constraints, which of the following actions will improve throughput?
1) Reduce set-up time through engineering redesign.
2) Increase selling price relative to input costs.
3) Avoid arbitrary allocation of fixed overhead.
4) Use activity-based costing to allocate non-manufacturing costs to product.
k. Which of the following is a weakness of results controls?
1) They give less autonomy to employees.
2) Conflicting objectives may cause problems between divisions.
3) They are expensive to implement.
4) They are not useful if the results are controllable by the employees.
5. Question 2
The following information pertains to Winsome Inc. for the year ended December 31, 2015:
Net operating income before taxes $ 1,650,000
EVA-adjusted total capital, December 31, 2015 3,600,000
Research costs in 2015 expensed under GAAP 98,000
Development costs in 2015 expensed under GAAP 120,000
Development costs in 2015 capitalized under GAAP 260,000
Impairment loss of goodwill included in the calculation of GAAP income 13,000
Total depreciation of all equipment 125,000
Additional information:
„h Equity accounts for 59% of the firm¡¦s capital structure.
„h The marginal tax rate is 30%.
„h The market yield on equivalent debt is 7.5%.
„h The cost of equity is 12%.
„h Total debt is 41% of capital (debt + equity).
„h All research and development (R&D) costs were incurred January 1, 2015.
„h Capitalized development costs are amortized over a period of five years in GAAP income;
R&D costs are amortized over the same period for economic value added calculations.
3. a. Determine the economic value added (EVA) for the year ended December 31, 2015.
2 b. Explain the significance of your answer to part (a). Identify and briefly explain the major differences, if any, between EVA income and GAAP income.
4 Question 3
Lambi Inc. manufactures wool sweaters. It has two divisions, spinning and knitting. The spinning division is responsible for converting raw wool into yarn. The yarn can be sold externally or transferred to the knitting division, which transforms the yarn into sweaters. Each sweater requires 10 skeins of yarn. Knitting can produce 7,000 sweaters per year and is currently at full capacity, selling all the sweaters they can make.
Following a reorganization, each division will operate as a profit centre with full autonomy over their operations.
The manager of the knitting division suggests that the maximum price the division can pay for yarn transferred from spinning is $7.09 per skein (one unit of yarn). The following information supports this suggestion:
Price that external customers are willing to pay for one sweater $ 230.00
Costs to produce sweater
Direct labour 80.00
Variable overhead 4.50
Fixed overhead 8.60
Direct materials (other than yarn) 20.00
Total cost per unit 113.10
Target profit margin 46.00
Total cost and margin $ 159.10
Maximum transfer price for 10 skeins of yarn $ 70.90
Currently the knitting division pays $7.10 for one skein for yarn from an outside supplier.
The manager of the spinning division disagrees with the proposed transfer price of $70.90 for 10 skeins. The division is operating at full capacity and can sell all the yarn it produces to external customers for $8.50 per skein. Moreover, the director says: ¡§For each skein, my direct material costs $3.00, direct labour cost is $1.50, variable overhead is $2.25, and fixed overhead is $1.10. I cannot spend $7.85 to make yarn and sell it for $7.09.¡¨
2 a. Determine the minimum and the maximum transfer price that could be used to account for the transfer of yarn from the spinning division to the knitting division.
1 b. Determine whether it would be beneficial for the company as a whole if yarn were transferred to the knitting division at the suggested price of $7.09 per skein. Show all your calculations.
1 c. Assume that management is eager to use the yarn produced internally because it is of better quality. As a result, it imposes a transfer price of $7.00 and requires that spinning provide knitting with all the yarn it needs. Explain the impact of transferring the yarn to the knitting division at $7.00 on the performance of each division and specifically on each manager.
5 Question 4
Nature Go is a successful company located in British Columbia. Nature Go manufactures a variety of prepared foods for hikers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Its protein snack bar is produced in two versions, Energy X and Energy Y. Energy Y is classified as a premium bar because it is a more expensive product containing premium nuts. In 2015, the Canadian energy bar market grew by 11%, but Nature Go had some difficulty maintaining its market share. The CEO asked you to prepare an analysis of last year¡¦s results based on the following budgeted and actual data. Actual sales prices and costs were exactly as budgeted, but actual profits were approximately $78,000 less than what was originally budgeted.
Actual data for energy bar market
Unit sales (cases) 2014 2015
Basic bars 370,600 403,954
Premium bars 85,400 102,206
Total 456,000 506,160
Actual data for Nature Go
Unit sales (cases) 2014 2015
Energy X bars 44,472 46,150
Energy Y bars 7,686 8,895
Total 52,158 55,045
Budgeted 2015 sales for energy bar market
Basic Premium
Unit sales (cases) 407,700 93,900
Budgeted 2015 data for Nature Go
Energy X Energy Y
Unit sales (cases) 48,924 8,451
Sales price (per case) $65 $90
Variable cost (per case) $28 $35
1. a. Calculate the 2015 market share variance and the 2015 market size variance for Nature Go.
1. b. Calculate the 2015 sales quantity variance and show that it is equal to the sum of the market share variance and the 2015 market size variance.
2 c. Using the data provided in the question, explain why actual profit for Nature Go was less than budgeted profit for the 2015 fiscal year.
4. Question 5
Uncertainty exists in every facet of life, despite strategies that promote awareness and caution; therefore, organizations have to make decisions factoring in a risk quotient. Given that risk is a factor, regardless of efforts for diversification and preparedness, there are several methods to mitigate and handle risk.
Describe three risk mitigating methods.
5 Question 6
A management control system (MCS) should ensure that the behaviours and decisions of employees are consistent with the organization¡¦s objective and strategies. Contingency theory explains why there is no single best way to lead an organization.
2 a. The planning and control cycle consists of five stages. Briefly outline the stages that relate directly to control and explain which control devices are used in each of those stages.
3 b. Identify two factors that lead to variations in the way control systems are designed and implemented. For each factor, provide a brief example of how the factor influences design specifically in regards to at least one of the control devices or stages in the control cycle.
15 Question 7
Golden Moments Ltd. case
Golden Moments Ltd. is a service company that provides home care assistance and other services to seniors. Marg Addison started the business five years ago when she witnessed her mothers struggle to live in her own home. Golden Moments offers services not provided by government agencies ¡X services include yard maintenance, minor repairs, hanging a picture, setting up a home theatre, or dog walking. Golden Moments can do the grocery shopping, pick up the dry cleaning, or drive seniors to their appointments. It is a for-profit business. Marg began working out of her apartment, and barely five years later, she has a downtown office and 145 employees included 35 part-time students. The employees range from registered practical nurses to plumbers and handy-folk. She incorporated two years ago when the business started its rapid expansion.
You, CGA, are her accountant. Last year you explained the need to develop a management
control system that would work without her direct involvement. Marg laughed, saying, ¡§I have an
excellent management control system. When a new client makes contact, I meet with them, assess
their needs, determine the cost of meeting those needs, assess their ability to pay, and set up a
schedule to provide them with the services they need. Each client is assigned a director who will
ensure that all services are co-ordinated and who serves as a contact point for the client. When a
director has a problem, they let me know and I solve it. When a client isn¡¦t satisfied with services,
I review the situation and make suggestions for change.
I approve all expenditures and do all the banking. I know things are running smoothly when there
is money in the bank. When I¡¦m getting too many phone calls from clients or too many questions
from staff, I know I have problems. So I solve them.¡¨
But the demands on her time were taking their toll. She had her eye on another exciting business
opportunity, and her family was starting to complain that she was never available.
Marg finally took your persistent advice and hired Owen Fischer as CEO after a chance meeting
at a business networking function. She created his job description and crafted his compensation
scheme on her own. Marg decided to limit her involvement in the day-to-day activities of the
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business but continue to provide oversight and guidance as president and chair of the board of
Owen had recently retired from an executive position at SKZ Inc., a large national manufacturing
company. Owen saw this as an opportunity for a change of focus and a challenge. Marg thought
Owen could help the company through its expansion phase over the next few years and implement
an organizational structure that would distribute decision-making rights to various levels of
Marg crafted Owen¡¦s compensation package, which consisted of a base salary equal to 70% of his
total compensation at SZK. Owen could earn a bonus (up to 50% of his salary) based on financial
statement net income exceeding the budget. Owen was responsible for implementing a budgeting
At the end of Owen¡¦s first year, you asked Marg how things were going.
¡§Oh pretty good, I guess. Net profits exceeded our budget by more than 50%, and Owen earned
his maximum bonus. However, I have no idea if that was the result of Owen¡¦s efforts or just part
of our continued growth. I think I was too generous with Owen. After all, the directors selfmotivate
without a bonus. They are professionals ¡X registered nurses and registered practical
I don¡¦t spend as much time in the office as I used to, but I don¡¦t feel I am working any less. Last
week I had to contact Lilian in accounts payable to explain to her that she needed approval before
any cheques could be issued. It seems that Owen had told her she could authorize all expenditures
under $500. That just won¡¦t work. She needs to have Owen approve them ¡X the way I used to.
It¡¦s a good thing I went in on Sunday to look over the payables list or I wouldn¡¦t have even
known she was doing that.¡¨
Marg sighed. ¡§And clients still call me to complain. It seems Owen has set up some policy that
allows certain directors to make decisions regarding timing and scheduling of services. Maybe it
works, but when a client or their family phones me up and asks for more time to pay or for a
better price ¡X well, that¡¦s what I do.
And Owen wants to fire two of my long-time employees. He says they spend too much time with
clients and we end up having to write down the invoices. But I want happy clients. I built this
business on client satisfaction. No; I¡¦m just not sure this is working.¡¨
As the CGA for Golden Moments Ltd., you have been asked to address Marg Addison¡¦s concerns.
Based on your knowledge of agency theory, develop a recommendation for a management control
system for Marg. Analyze the case using the standard case method and present your solution
using the following section headings:
3 a. Identify the main problem and issues: Identify the main problems with Golden Moments¡¦
management control systems and operations.
4 b. Analyze the data: Evaluate the problem using the mixed motivational view of agency theory
and your understanding of management control system design.
2 c. Generate alternatives: Organizations can be classified as organic and mechanistic. Identify
the management control systems (also known as levers of control) that work best for each of
these types of organizations. These will be the two alternatives you will evaluate for a
potential recommendation in part (e).
1. d. Select the decision criteria: Identify three criteria that can be used to assess the management
control system.
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4. e. Analyze the alternatives and make a recommendation: Evaluate the alternatives
determined in part (c) based on the criteria determined in part (d). Make a recommendation
for the appropriate management control system.
The case used in this assignment, which is representative of the cases used for MA2 examinations, integrates
several topics from the course materials. Remember to carefully review the case content and requirements to
determine which components of the course material you should use in your response.

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