Traditional accounting embraces the entity concept, which is good for explaining debits & credits, and what the entity owns and owes. But as businesses evolve, sustainability of cash and cashflows becomes vital, while the emphasis on entity and its going concern assumption remains important. Without cash and cashflows there is no entity, let alone going concern! Most companies painfully experience this situation during the current world-wide pandemic!
Cash is the most vital economic resource for an entity‘s survival and so my proposed new concept and approach is called “The Economic Resources Approach to Accounting” (ERAA), shifting the focus from Entity to Economic Resources. The business owner, the Board and Management’s main interest is on how the economic resources of the company are acquired, allocated/deployed, profitably utilised, and redeployed. The current set of financial statements do not reflect this economic cycle clearly. For centuries, Accounting has been entrapped by the Entity focus, losing sight of the greater importance of Economic Resources.
My article on ERAA (as attached) highlights this issue and proposes solutions.
Professional awakening, recognition, and full awareness of this issue are necessary for a focussed action towards ERAA, internationally. Otherwise, business managers remain at best, inadequately enlightened, or at worst, consistently unenlightened in still fully embracing the Entity Approach to Accounting!