Solution Manual for Managerial Accounting 11th CANADIAN Edition by Garrison Exercise 1-1 (20 minutes) i. Developing sales estimates of a product for use in the annual budget for a product is a planning activity since doing so will establish a goal for sales levels in the coming year. ii. The review of the monthly quality control reports is a controlling activity aimed at determining whether production processes are operating as planned. Identifying the team members to investigate the problem is a directing and motivating activity since it involves assigning tasks to specific individuals. The selection of team members is also a decision-making activity since the manager will need to determine which employees are best suited (e.g., which ones have the necessary skills, the time available, etc.) to conduct the investigation iii. Choosing from the two design alternatives for the speakers is a decision-making activity. It could also be argued that this is a planning activity since it will affect which speaker design the company decides to offer to its customers in future periods. iv. Reviewing the monthly performance report is a controlling activity. Determining the production schedule in the coming months is both a planning and directing and motivating activity since it involves the future scheduling of day-to-day activities related to manufacturing the televisions. Evaluating how to motivate retailers to improve sales is also a directing and motivating activity and has an element of planning as well assuming changes are going to be made to the current incentive system. The evaluation also involves decision-making with respect to continuing or discontinuing the plasma television line, and planning activities such as setting budgets for future sales of plasma televisions if the product continues to be offered.

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