Resources & Publications

April 2010
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Features

How Caterpillar Uses 6 Sigma to Execute Strategy
By John Gillet, CPA, Ross Fink, and Nick Bevington 
Caterpillar Inc. incorporated 6 Sigma into all different aspects of its organization. The company has used 6 Sigma to ensure its benefits package was competitive, has used it to help integrate knowledge across various business units, and has even gotten its suppliers and dealers involved in 6 Sigma projects.


The Pervasive Success of 6 Sigma at Caterpillar
By Keith T. Jones, CPA, and Clement C. Chen, CPA  
Caterpillar has employed several strategies and methods to ensure the effectiveness of its 6 Sigma efforts. Rigorous standards gauge the projected and actual benefits of each project, and outcomes are measured against three levels of benefits. Every Caterpillar employee understands the importance that 6 Sigma plays in the company’s operations.


Excel-Based Budgeting for Indirect Costs
By Jason Porter and Teresa Stephenson, CMA    
Part 3 of the six-part series on creating an Excel-based Master Budget completes the budget’s foundation with the building of the Manufacturing Overhead Budget, Ending Finished Goods Inventory Budget, and Selling and Administrative Budget.


Implementing Sustainability
By Marc J. Epstein, Adriana Rejc Buhovac, and Kristi Yuthas     
A study of Nike, Procter & Gamble, The Home Depot, and Nissan North America finds that they rely on leadership and organizational culture to help manage their sustainability efforts.


Interpreting Financial Results
By Bridget Lyons, Rupendra Paliwal, and Danny Pannese, CPA, CVA       
It’s important to be aware of the effect several FASB pronouncements may have on companies’ balance sheets and common credit ratios.

Columns

PERSPECTIVES
Managing for Success


TAXES
Refund Options Expand, but with Some Dangers Ahead


ETHICS
Should Wall Street Gambling Be Forbidden?   


FINANCIAL REPORTING
The Benefit of Hindsight


CAREERS
Top 5 Signs that You’re Stuck at Work


IMA LIFE
My Three Careers

Departments

SF BULLETIN
• New SEC Convergence Statement Extends Potential Deadline
• HIRE Act Signed into Law
• Can You Succeed in a Phone Interview?
• Letters: No Thank You, Mr. Welsh...
• Books: Handling Turbulence   


EXCEL
Perfect Pivot Table Formatting


ACCESS
Direction for Database Difficulties


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