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Bean Counter

Slang; an accountant.
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He says that by refocusing on the customer, and allowing car guys rather than bean counters to drive the design, manufacturing and selling of new products, Western firms like GM can be restructured and reborn.
The purpose of the piece was to provide subscribers ammunition to protect their in-house publications from the pointy-headed bean counters. But it also made some points newsletter publishers infatuated with online editions should consider.
Apparently, today's bean counters are equipped with all sorts of modern machinery and, thanks to a new partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the University of Hawaii School of Accountancy now has its very own state-of-the-art technology center, complete with laptop computers, wireless Internet and furniture that simulates a real-world office setting.
Technological innovation--a competitive weapon and a critical component of increased productivity--could be compromised by transferring the IT function from should-be visionary CEOs to fastidious bean counters. When every CIO-promoted project has to go through a rigorous financial exercise to calculate potential ROI and designate specific real short-term cost savings, a breakthrough technology with an uncertain, yet potentially real and lasting, strategic payoff could be overlooked.
Beware of the bean counters. Another reason media outreach efforts fail is that they are subjected to the measurement strategies conjured up by corporate bean counters.
One can also appreciate how the bean counters want to be able to close the books with a positive result against any negative expense.
The MBAs and bean counters of the world are (or have) destroyed innovation for the sake of the bottom line only.
People who dislike bean counters often view themselves as the only ones in an organization able to see the big picture, in this case quality and service.
But, your reputation always has been strong-you have been labeled as dull, unimaginative, risk-adverse bean counters. But, you also have been seen as ethical, trustworthy and honest.
It appears that there are major differences in the image of accountants based on level in the organization-people in top management are more likely to see accountants as business partners and not bean counters.
Also bean counters are wondering how this change will end up impacting the wallets of two Stephens clients: Houston Nutt and Nolan Richardson.