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Management article
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Reference no. U0104A
Authors: David Stauffer
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Management Update", 2001

Abstract

Many general managers would rather have a root canal than learn about finance. However, an understanding of a few financial measures, coupled with an enterprise-wide perspective, can help managers get a grip on their company. Here, some of the experts show how understanding the monetary intake of a company by using its growth, cash generation, and return on assets can help counteract the managerial tendency to think only within one''s department or unit.

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Abstract

Many general managers would rather have a root canal than learn about finance. However, an understanding of a few financial measures, coupled with an enterprise-wide perspective, can help managers get a grip on their company. Here, some of the experts show how understanding the monetary intake of a company by using its growth, cash generation, and return on assets can help counteract the managerial tendency to think only within one''s department or unit.

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