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What's the difference between a purpose statement and a problem statement. I need to write both (quantitatively) in regards to mental health stigma (mental illness in general). I need to clearly define a narrowly-focused problem to be studied and show that there's a gap in the knowledge base. Please help me do so.

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Hello;

This is a great question, and an important to one to any researcher who is in the design stage of a study.

Basically, a problem statement is necessary in order to distinguish what exactly you are hoping to add to the existing body of knowledge in any given area. In essence, we have to remember that all research is designed to uncover something new. This does not mean that once a study is completed then nobody should ever study it again, but it does mean that the goal should be to add something new and unique to the results. This is what your professor means by a 'gap in the knowledge base'. So, a problem statement needs to clearly define exactly what problem you notice in regards to your topic. In the case of mental illness stigma, there are many different directions you could take. Let me provide you with two possible problem statements:

Example Problem Statement 1: The problem is that there is a negative stigma attached to individuals that have a mental ...

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Following are three separate events affecting the managerial accounting systems for different companies.
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There is some overlap in the meaning of customer orientation and total quality management and, therefore, some responses can include more than one concept.

Event
_______ 1. The company starts measuring inventory a. Total quality management (TQM)
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inventory records. Its new focus is b. Just-in-time (JIT) system
to pull inventory through the system.
_______ 2. The company starts reporting measures c. Continuous improvement (CI)
on customer complaints and product
returns from customers. d. Customer orientation (CO)
_______ 3. The company starts reporting measures
such as the percent of defective products
and the number of units scrapped.

a. Total quality management (TQM)
b. Just-in-time (JIT) system
c. Continuous improvement (CI)
d. Customer orientation (CO)
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The following calendar year-end information is taken from the December 31, 2005, adjusted trial balance
and other records of Plaza Company.

Advertising expense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 30,750
Depreciation expense?Office equipment . . . . . . . . . 9,250
Depreciation expense?Selling equipment . . . . . . . . . 10,600
Depreciation expense?Factory equipment . . . . . . . . 35,550
Factory supervision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104,600
Factory supplies used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,350
Factory utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35,000
Inventories
Raw materials, December 31, 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . 168,850
Raw materials, December 31, 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . 184,000
Goods in process, December 31, 2004 . . . . . . . . . 17,700
Goods in process, December 31, 2005 . . . . . . . . . 21,380
Finished goods, December 31, 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . 169,350
Finished goods, December 31, 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . 138,490
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Income taxes expense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235,725
Indirect labor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58,875
Miscellaneous production costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,425
Office salaries expense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65,000
Raw materials purchases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 927,000
Rent expense?Office space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,000
Rent expense?Selling space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,100
Rent expense?Factory building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78,800
Maintenance expense?Factory equipment . . . . . . . . 37,400
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Sales salaries expense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 394,560
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Sales and costs estimation;
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to analyze its operations and suggest improvements. King's goal is to increase its contribution
margin by $40,000.
Required
1. To increase King's sales and contribution margin from existing customers, offer three improvements
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2. What level of increase in sales is necessary for King to increase contribution margin by $40,000?
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Problem 18-1B
Managerial accountant's role
C1 C3
This chapter discusses the purposes of managerial accounting and the current business environment.
You are to look through the home electronics section of your local newspaper; the Sunday paper is
often best. Review advertisements of home electronics and note how many manufacturers offer these
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Required
Discuss the potential contributions and responsibilities of the managerial accounting professional in
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a managerial accountant might provide new entrants into the home electronics market.)

1. Prepare the company's 2005 manufacturing statement.
2. Prepare the company's 2005 income statement that reports separate categories for (a) selling
expenses and (b) general and administrative expenses.
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Resources: Fundamental Accounting Principles, pp. 739 and 745

? Complete Exercise 18-5 on p. 739 and questions 1 and 2 of Problem 18-8A on p. 745.
? Post your answers as an attachment.

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