Responsibility Center Budgeting

An Approach to Decentralized Management for Institutions of Higher Education

by Edward L. Whalen

Published by: Indiana University Press

224 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253364807
  • Published: December 1991


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"This book is refreshing in many ways. . . . it calls attention to a most important and timely topic . . . in a conversational and witty manner . . . Considering the subject, this is a most pleasant read." —Journal of Higher Education

Notoriously unbusinesslike in their budgeting and management techniques, colleges and universities need a rational tool for sound fiscal management. This book, based on Indiana University's shift to responsibility center budgeting in 1987, treats both the conceptual and the philosophical bases for the system together with ground-level experience. The bottom line: a decentralized, incentive-based approach to budgeting empowers deans and other center managers to accomplish their missions in a more efficient manner.