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Operations forensics : business performance analysis using operations measures and tools

Author: Richard Lai
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2013.
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Investors and analysts often need to look into a firm's operations more deeply than traditional financial statements and models allow. This book describes newly developed tools for using operations metrics to discern and influence the valuation of a firm. It is the first to present these techniques from a unified perspective: that of operations forensics, which looks at operations management not from the traditional  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Lai
ISBN: 9780262018661 0262018667
OCLC Number: 802891164
Description: xv, 309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Operations forensics --
What financial statements may or may not reveal --
Indicators of accounting performance --
Indicators of stock market performance --
Indicators of disruption --
Indicators of distress --
The many facets of due diligence --
Assessing the customer base --
Assessing lean management --
Assessing risks --
Assessing options --
Turning around purchasing --
Turning around production --
Turning around distribution --
Sustaining the turnaround.
Responsibility: Richard Lai.

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Investors and analysts often need to look into a firm's operations more deeply than traditional financial statements and models allow. This book describes newly developed tools for using operations metrics to discern and influence the valuation of a firm. It is the first to present these techniques from a unified perspective: that of operations forensics, which looks at operations management not from the traditional point of view of a manager but from that of an investor or shareholder. After a discussion of financial statements and the useful but incomplete insights they provide, the book covers the three components of operations forensics: operational indicators, operations details that can predict future performance; operational due diligence, methods for verifying companies' claims about operational excellence and valuing their operational assets; and operational turnaround, an innovative approach to buyout and turnaround strategies. The text also offers brief reviews of operations management concepts, real-world examples of operations forensics, and a glossary. The mathematical material gradually increases in sophistication as the book progresses (but can be skipped without loss of continuity). Each chapter concludes with a "Takeaways and Toolkit" section, a brief summary of prior research, and suggestions for further reading. Operations forensics offers powerful tools and frameworks for financial analysts, private equity firms, managers, and consultants. This book provides a valuable resource for MBA students and practitioners. Downloadable supplementary material for instructors includes figures form the text and 42 slides that can be used for class presentations.

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"Richard Lai provides a seminal and practical operations-centric approach to (1) distill performance indicators, (2) assess the internal operations from an external investor's perspective, and (3) Read more...

 
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