Research the topic of accounting’s role in an organization’s architecture.

Unit II Research Paper

Search the CSU Online Library and other reliable sources. Write a paper on one of the major topics listed below and

incorporate at least five other related empirical studies of your choice:

? Research the topic of opportunity cost of capital. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. What are opportunity costs andtheir benefit? What is net present value? Can it ever be negative? Discuss at least two types of alternativeinvestment criteria and how they are used by managers to make decisions?

? Research the topic of capital budgeting. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. Discuss at least two types of alternativeinvestment criteria and how they are used by managers to make decisions? Why are discounted cash flow

methods of making capital budgeting decisions superior to other methods?

? Research the topic of accounting’s role in an organization’s architecture. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. What isaccounting’s role in an organization’s structure? Does it extend behind the brick and mortar? What areexecutive compensation contracts? How are they accounted for?

? Research the topic of basic building blocks and agency cost. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. How are agency costsgenerated, and what limits them? How are self-interested behavior, team production, and agency costs relatedto each other? What is the common thread? How do they serve as the building blocks of managerialaccounting?

Unit IV Research Paper

Search the CSU Online Library and other reliable sources. Write a paper on one of the major topics listed below and incorporate at least five other related empirical studies of your choice:

? Research the topic of cost allocation and theory. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. What is cost allocation? Searchand discuss two common allocations found in the auto industry. When is it beneficial to use cost allocations?How can a firm determine if it is useful or not?

? Research the topic of incentive/organizational reasons for cost allocations. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. Explain howcost allocations are a tax system. Provide at least three examples illustrating this idea. What are somecommon positive and negative externalities? How do they impact a firm? DBA 8552, Management Accounting and Control Systems 4

? Research the topic of insulating and noninsulating cost allocations. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. Compare andcontrast insulating and noninsulating cost allocations? How do they impact managerial decision making? Provide examples to support your research.

? Research the topic of cost allocation and practices. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. What is the death spiral? How is itrelated to cost allocation? What affects such a relationship? Identify at least three methods for allocating costs.When is each method used? What are the pros and cons of each?

? Research the topic of joint costs. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. Review the term “joint costs” and discuss howfirms manage them? Provide at least three examples of firms which must account for joint costs. Be sure todiscuss byproducts and how they are accounted for

Unit VI Research Paper

Search the CSU Online Library and other reliable sources. Write a paper on one of the major topics listed below and incorporate at least five other related empirical studies of your choice:

Research the topic of standard cost. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. How does this valuation method assign costs toproducts and services? Identify and describe three areas in which standard costs can be used in the decision making process. Compare and contrast target costing and traditional standard costs.

Research the topic of direct labor and materials variance. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. Compare and contrastdirect labor and materials variance. How would a company use each of them related to accounting? What arebenefits of using the direct labor and materials variance?

Research the topic of joint costs. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. Search information on incentive effects of directlabor and materials variance. Explain five subtle incentive effects. What are some externalities created bystandard cost variances?

Research the topic of incentive effects of direct labor and materials variance. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. How arecost variances closed at the end of an accounting period? What are the three ways in which cost variances arewritten off? Why are some firms dropping standard cost systems?

Unit VII Research Paper

Search the CSU Online Library and other reliable sources. Write a paper on one of the major topics listed below and incorporate at least five other related empirical studies of your choice:

? Research the topic of budgeted, standard, and actual volume. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. Compare and contrastbudgeted, standard, and actual volume. Explain the relationship between actual overhead at actual volumeand flexible budget at actual volume.

? Research the topic of overhead variances. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. What are overhead variances? How and whywould a company adopt overhead variances in accounting systems? How does the estimated budget volumeinfluence overhead rate? Does a high estimated budget volume equate to a high overhead rate or lowoverhead rate? What is the usefulness of overhead variances in performance measurement?

? Research the topic of marketing variances. When writing your paper, be sure to answer the following questions, in addition to providing any other information you wish to include. What are marketing variances?What is the relationship between sales price and quantity variances? What is the relationship betweenmarketing sales and mix variances?

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Approximately 250 words