Washington State University, Vancouver, has recently rethought and revamped the core MBA Accounting course. As part of the Aspen Institute’s Corporate Governance and Accountability Project, WSU has shifted the topics and tone of the course from primarily information production to a discussion of how accounting information impacts not only strategic decision makers but also the firm’s stakeholders. In the face of endless possible data collection, it is essential to assess what should be measured in order to assess performance and progress toward strategic goals, and most fundamentally, to look deeply at what we need to know about the credibility and implicit assumptions in the process of measurement itself.
A summary further explaining this project is available here.
The Powerpoint presentation from this web-conference is available for download here.
The audio web-conference featuring Jane Cote, Associate Professor of Accounting, WSU Vancouver, on the philosophy behind this new course is available for download here:
Part 1, Introduction and presentation
Part 2, Q&A/Discussion .