All accountants are not the same. If you went on an expedition and took a financial accountant and a management accountant with you, they would do very different things.
The financial accountant would take photos, buy souvenirs and keep an accurate diary. Afterwards, the financial accountant would write a book of the expedition to look back and share with family and friends, in the same way as they would report on past financial performance.
The management accountant would do all of that and more. They would plan your journey and give you options of where to go; explaining the attractions of different destinations and routes, and what you would need for each alternative. After the expedition the management accountant would encourage you to think about your next expedition, working with you to ensure it would be even more rewarding than the previous one. Management accountants use past experience and information of all kinds, not just financial, to help manage the future of the business
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