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STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING (SMA). WEEK 14. What is strategic management accounting (SMA)?. Information to assist strategic decision makers

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Strategic management accounting sma



What is strategic management accounting sma

What is strategic management accounting (SMA)?

  • Information to assist strategic decision makers

  • The provision and analysis of management accounting data relating to business strategy, particularly the relative levels and trends in real costs and prices, volumes, market share, cash flow and the demands on a firm’s total resources

    • CIMA

What is strategy

What is strategy?

  • Long-term

    • 3-5 years

  • Concerned with the organisation/environment interface

    • Sustainable competitive advantage

  • Impact of competitors, customers (market share) and suppliers

    • and their strategies

Shareholder value

Shareholder value

  • Obtaining finance (debt & equity) on capital markets

    • Cost of capital

  • Investing in product market to generate profits that exceed the cost of capital

  • Evaluation of strategic alternatives

    • Invest? Expand/Contract/Stable?



  • Objectives SWOT strategic decisions

    • Ansoff

  • Logical incrementalism

    • Quinn

  • Deliberate & emergent strategies

    • Mintzberg & Waters

Sma for competitive advantage

SMA for competitive advantage

  • Value chain analysis

    • Finding value creating activities that can be provided at a lower cost than customers are prepared to pay for them

    • Within firm, or

    • With suppliers, distribution channels, or customers (supply chain)

  • Cost reduction opportunities

  • Competitor information and benchmarking

Strategic management accounting

Strategic management accounting

  • Linked to business strategy

    • ‘the provision and analysis of management accounting data about a business and its competitors which is of use in the development and monitoring of the strategy of that business’

    • Simmonds

  • Should SMA be concerned only with financial data?

    • Capacity utilisation, market share, price taker/maker, cost structure, quality, reliability, etc. – relative to competitors

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Strategic management accounting

  • Accounting should be more outward-looking

    • extends cost management along value chain, supply chain and life cycle

  • Collection of competitor information: pricing, costs, volume, market share, cash flows, resources, etc.

  • Exploitation of cost reduction opportunities: continuous improvement and non-financial performance measures

    • Lord

Strategic management accounting sma

  • Matching the accounting emphasis with the firm’s strategic position

    • Cost leadership: traditional costing

    • Differentiation/Focus: cost of marketing to maintain brand/differentiation

  • Strategic management accounting should provide information to support strategic decision making

Role of accountants

Role of accountants

  • Why strategic management accounting?

    • Responsibility of accounting, operations or marketing?

  • The results of SMA are the natural outcomes of effective operational management processes … firms successfully collect and use competitor information without any input from the management accountant

    • Lord

  • “The costs of capturing, collating, interpreting and analysing the appropriate data out-weighs the benefits”

    • Dixon

Sources of information

Sources of information

  • Employees – movement within industry

  • Suppliers

  • Customers

  • Industry associations

  • Consultants & publications

  • Annual reports

  • Credit agency reports

  • Internet


  • Retail

  • Automotive

  • Construction

  • Banks

  • Professional firms

    • Accountants, lawyers

Information about competitors

Information about competitors

  • Market share (gaining or losing?)

  • Pricing (increasing, stable or decreasing?)

  • Cost structure (fixed & variable, new investments?)

  • Volume (and capacity utilisation)

  • Strategy (cost leadership, differentiation, focus)

  • Competitor profitability

Information about customers

Information about customers

  • Satisfaction/retention

  • Their price sensitivity

  • Are they in a dominant position? (e.g. retail)

  • Dependence of us (e.g. fuel)

  • Customer profitability

Information about suppliers

Information about suppliers

  • Our price sensitivity

  • Dominant position? (e.g. banks)

  • Alternative suppliers

  • Reliability

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