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CHAPTER 13
Investment Centers and Transfer Pricing

ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS

13-1 Goal congruence means a meshing of objectives, in which the managers throughout an organization strive to achieve goals that are consistent with the goals set by top management. Goal congruence is important for organizational success because managers often are unaware of the effects of their decisions on the organization's other subunits. Also, it is natural for people to be more concerned with the performance of their own subunit than with the effectiveness of the entire organization. In order for the organization to be effective, it is important that everyone in it be striving for the same ultimate objectives.

13-2 The managerial
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As a result, every sales dollar would generate more income. The capital turnover could be improved by increasing sales of insurance policies while keeping invested capital fixed, or by decreasing the invested assets required to generate the same sales revenue.

13-7 Example of the calculation of residual income: Suppose an investment center's profit is $100,000, invested capital is $800,000, and the imputed interest rate is 12 percent:

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Residual income = $100,000 ( ($800,000) (12%) = $4,000

The imputed interest rate is used in calculating residual income, but it is not used in computing ROI. The imputed interest rate reflects the firm's minimum required rate of return on invested capital.

13-8 The chief disadvantage of ROI is that for an investment that earns a rate of return greater than the company's cost of raising capital, the manager in charge of deciding about that investment may have an incentive to reject it if the investment would result in reducing the manager's ROI. The residual-income measure eliminates this disadvantage by including in the residual-income calculation the imputed interest rate, which reflects the firm's cost of capital. Any project that earns a return greater than the imputed interest rate will show a positive residual income.

13-9 The rise in ROI or residual income across time results from the fact that periodic

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