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  • Days of Delinquency

    While finance chiefs and credit managers routinely consult "days sales outstanding" numbers to judge how efficient their companies' collection operations are, DSO tells only part of the story. March 13, 2006

  • Measuring Performance in Services

    Services are more difficult to measure and monitor than manufacturing processes, but executives can rein in variance and boost productivity if they implement rigorous metrics. February 15, 2006

  • The New Human-Capital Metrics

    A sophisticated crop of measurement tools could take the guesswork out of human-resources management. February 15, 2006

  • What's My Metric? Electric-power CFOs

    The classics never go out of style in the power-generation sector, where short-term thinking has been bested by shop-worn fundamentals. January 18, 2006

  • The Quest for an Environmental Metric

    Gazing at weather systems, a ground-breaking scientist spawned an ecological accounting standard that Wall Street might one day embrace. December 15, 2005

  • What's My Metric? Drug-Company CFOs

    Huge R&D outlays and a lengthy ''pipeline'' prompt the industry's finance chiefs to focus more on the future than on quarterly results. November 29, 2005

  • Comparing Performance When Invested Capital Is Low

    Return on capital is the benchmark for comparing performance between businesses. But new math is needed when a company's capital intensity is low. November 15, 2005

  • Spend or Cut?

    A new metric helps CFOs deal with an old dilemma: whether it makes sense to invest in growth or to cut costs. September 1, 2005

  • Less Is More

    Why thick monthly reports to management are going the way of the five-year plan. August 31, 2005

  • Inventory: How Fast Is Too Fast?

    A new supply-chain metric, which could help managers gauge the right speed for asset turnover, may be a compelling reason to move to activity-based costing. August 18, 2005

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