September 08, 2005 08:30 ET

Free Online Learning Course Focuses on ABM Strategies to Control Costs, Maximize Profitability and Avoid Mistakes; Learning Series Teaches Critical Lessons on Activity-Based Management Strategies

BEAVERTON, Ore.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 8, 2005) -

How do you measure the cost of a new product or service? Do you really have a realistic profitability measure that takes into account all direct and indirect costs? Is effective resource planning and budgeting a challenge? Can costs be controlled by optimizing the core and support operations in the organization?

BetterManagement, the world's premier business resource for visionary perspectives and management insights, is offering a free Learning Series entitled, Extreme Performance Management: How ABM Drives Profitability, Efficiency and Cost Management. The Learning Series focuses on actionable information and effective methodologies for managing successful Activity-Based Management (ABM) strategies.

"This Learning Series teaches executives how ABM can help them understand their true costs and maximize their profitability," said Jeanette Slepian, President of BetterManagement. "Participants will discover why ABM is fundamental to understanding an organization's performance."

The new Learning Series teaches participants how to:

-- Establish internal prices and profitability analysis for each business unit.

-- Manage profitability with better overhead allocation.

-- Apply new techniques for forecasting, resource planning capacity management and budgeting.

-- Use ABM as the basis of value creation analysis.

-- Gather results that lead to realistic performance goals.

The four-part learning series includes business management articles, live and archived Webcasts, recommended books and e-learning courses. There is no charge to participate in a Learning Series.

Extreme Performance Management: How ABM Drives Profitability, Efficiency and Cost Management is created in collaboration with Synerma, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic cost management; CMA-Canada, a self-regulating body, representing 37,000 Certified Management Accountants across Canada; and CAM-I, a global leader in cost, process and performance management.

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BetterManagement is a unique mix of educational activities combining interactive web resources and live conferences connecting decision makers with relevant information. Global perspectives from respected publications, associations and academic institutions form a learning path on critical issues. BetterManagement also produces extensive Webcasts. Information is organized to accelerate knowledge of best practices and highlight successes worldwide. BetterManagement is based in Beaverton, Oregon and has offices in Germany and Australia.

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