This is to be a 2 and a half page report (double-spaced, font size 12, New Times Roman font, one-
inch margins), giving a brief synopsis of the book and explaining what contribution to the
knowledge of managerial accounting the author imparts to the reader, i.e. what message
does the author give to the reader through his book. The report is due November 25th, the
latest. You may choose from the following list:
The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround
By Freddy Balle and Michael Balle
The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production—
Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing
By James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
By Eliyahu M. Goldratt & Jeff Cox
Some of these publications can be found in either Cook Library or the USM library
system or can be purchased (in paperback format) from Amazon.com or a used book
outlet relatively inexpensively (usually $10-$20 range).
1) Book summary (appr. 1 page)
Briefly summarize the main content of the book
Describe the main purpose of the book (why did the author write this
2) Describe how the book relates to Management/Cost Accounting (appr. 0.5 page)
3) Personal opinion of the book (appr. 0.5 page)
What did you like or dislike?
Why or why not would you recommend this book?
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WRITE IT IN UNDERSTANDABLE ENGLISH OR PLAIN WITH SOME BUSINESS VOCABULARY. NO DIFFICULT VOCABULARY WORDS PLEASE.