MANAGEMENT BY EXCEPTION Definition

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MANAGEMENT BY EXCEPTION (MBE) is a management method by which only exceptional events are reported or acted upon. In this way management can focus only on those results or occurrences that deviate in some way from that what was expected.

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NEGATIVE CONFIRMATION REQUEST, in accounting, in the negative form of accounts receivable confirmation asks the client's customer to respond only if the customer disagrees with the balance determined by the client. The positive form asks the customer to respond whether the customer agrees or disagrees with the client's receivable balance. The negative form is used when controls over receivables are strong and accounts receivable consists of many accounts with small balances. The positive form is used when controls are weak or there are fewer, but larger, accounts. See Positive Confirmation.

ATTORNEY'S LETTER is signed by the client's lawyer and addressed to the auditor It is the auditor's primary means to corroborate information furnished by management about litigation, claims, and assessments.

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