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Distance MBA student (wife) looking for project help

Just going to toss this out there and see if the old EF magic happens....
My wife is currently doing a distance MBA with the Univ of Liverpool. Right now, she's taking a managerial finance course that requires her to do some financial analysis based on a company's yearly financial statement/annual report. Apparently a lot of work involves analyzing the latter however it seems that additional information is required that would best be answered by someone familiar with the accounting practices in said firm (it should be said that she was an accountant before we moved here). If anyone thinks they know of someone who might be willing to assist her in this endeavor, she would be most appreciative (as would I as she's kind of stressing out at the moment because they give the students a rather short amount of time to find a project). Based on what I know, I don't think that this would require a lot of time on anyone's part, just answering questions. Here's the basic project description

When choosing the subject organisation for your Project and in Week 1, please note that management accounting information is largely INTERNAL to a firm, as is explained in your Week 1 Readings. You should take this into account when initially choosing your subject organisation to research. You ideally need to be able to obtain access to the internal managers. If you choose a public company, where you do not have such access, this could cause you some potential difficulty at this stage of your Project, plus in Chapter 4. Previous students have successfully analysed small, new firms (sometimes run by themselves or by friends) and have found this method works very well. Many others have used their own employer’s organisation, in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. You are now required to analyse the internal accounting systems within your organisation (the MIS). These are the sorts of questions that you might address:
  • Is there a structured management accounting system in place?
  • Are budgets regularly prepared?
  • How does the budgeting system work? What sorts of budgets are generated?
  • Is participative budgeting in place?
  • How are variances identified and analysed?
  • Is the budgeting system effective?
  • What sort of costing structure is in operation?
  • Does the organisation use ABC? If not, might this be helpful?
  • Is break-even analysis undertaken? Can you estimate the break-even point (BEP) for key products/services?
  • How are prices calculated?
  • How well is management accounting information disseminated and communicated in order to manage resources effectively? Do employees have access to the information needed for them to perform their jobs effectively?
  • Is accounting and finance software utilised? If so, is this successful and effective?
  • Have management accounting changes occurred in the recent past? Are there any in the pipeline?
  • How successful do you think the management accounting system is overall? How might it be improved?
It should be pointed out that she is not fluent in any of the major Swiss languages (english and russian only).
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