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The trick in preparing management control reports for business managers is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Being very busy people, business managers can’t afford to waste time on relatively insignificant problems. They have to prioritize problems and deal with the issues that have the greatest effect on the business.

Management control is usually thought of as keeping a close watch on a thousand details, any one of which can spin out of control and cause problems. First and foremost, however, management control means achieving objectives and keeping on course toward the goals of the business.

Management control covers a lot of ground, including the following:

  • Motivating employees

  • Working with suppliers

  • Keeping customers satisfied

Managers need control reports that include a lot of detail. The accountant should design management control reports that differentiate significant problems from less serious problems. In control reports, the accountant should use visual pointers to highlight serious problems. Control reports shouldn’t be flat, with all lines of information appearing to be equally important.

Every business should have internal control procedures — such as management control reports — in place to prevent, or at least to quickly catch, errors. A business is the natural target of all sorts of dishonest schemes and scams by its employees and managers, its customers, its vendors, and others.

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John A. Tracy is a former accountant and professor of accounting. He is also the author of Accounting For Dummies.

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