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A Mathematical Programming Approach for Procurement Using Activity Based Costing


  • Zeger Degraeve

    (London Business School, UK,)

  • Filip Roodhooft


Activity Based Costing and Management are important topics in today's management accounting literature. While there has been much attention paid in the Activity Based Costing literature to customer profitability analysis, process improvement and product design, there has been far less notice taken of purchasing. In this paper we develop an Activity Based Costing approach for the determination of procurement strategies. Vendor selection using an Activity Based Costing approach is choosing the combination of suppliers for a given product group that minimizes the total costs associated with the purchasing strategy. To this end we develop a mathematical programming model where decisions involve the selection of vendors and the determination of order quantities. The system computes the total cost of ownership, thereby increasing the objectivity in the selection process and giving the opportunity for various kinds of sensitivity analysis. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2000.

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  • Zeger Degraeve & Filip Roodhooft, 2000. "A Mathematical Programming Approach for Procurement Using Activity Based Costing," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(1&2), pages 69-98.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jbfnac:v:27:y:2000-01:i:1&2:p:69-98

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    1. Ekici, Ali, 2013. "An improved model for supplier selection under capacity constraint and multiple criteria," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 141(2), pages 574-581.
    2. Degraeve, Zeger & Labro, Eva & Roodhooft, Filip, 2004. "Total cost of ownership purchasing of a service: The case of airline selection at Alcatel Bell," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 156(1), pages 23-40, July.
    3. Amid, Amin & Ghodsypour, S.H. & O'Brien, Christopher, 2009. "A weighted additive fuzzy multiobjective model for the supplier selection problem under price breaks in a supply Chain," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 121(2), pages 323-332, October.
    4. repec:pal:jorsoc:v:56:y:2005:i:1:d:10.1057_palgrave.jors.2601832 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Yim, Andrew, 2010. "Quality Cost and Failure Risk in the Choice of Single versus Multiple Sourcing," MPRA Paper 27858, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Jans, R.F. & Degraeve, Z., 2005. "Modeling Industrial Lot Sizing Problems: A Review," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2005-049-LIS, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
    7. Demirtas, Ezgi Aktar & Üstün, Özden, 2008. "An integrated multiobjective decision making process for supplier selection and order allocation," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 76-90, February.
    8. Amid, A. & Ghodsypour, S.H. & O'Brien, C., 2006. "Fuzzy multiobjective linear model for supplier selection in a supply chain," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 104(2), pages 394-407, December.
    9. Visani, Franco & Barbieri, Paolo & Di Lascio, F. Marta L. & Raffoni, Anna & Vigo, Daniele, 2016. "Supplier’s total cost of ownership evaluation: a data envelopment analysis approach," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 141-154.
    10. Amid, A. & Ghodsypour, S.H. & O'Brien, C., 2011. "A weighted max-min model for fuzzy multi-objective supplier selection in a supply chain," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 131(1), pages 139-145, May.
    11. García Alcaraz Jorge Luis & Alvarado Iniesta Alejandro & Maldonado Macías Aidé Araceli, 2013. "Selección de proveedores basada en análisis dimensional," Contaduría y Administración, Accounting and Management, vol. 58(3), pages 249-278, julio-sep.
    12. Degraeve, Zeger & Roodhooft, Filip, 1999. "Improving the efficiency of the purchasing process using total cost of ownership information: The case of heating electrodes at Cockerill Sambre S.A," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 112(1), pages 42-53, January.
    13. Moisello Anna Maria, 2012. "Cost Measurement And Cost Management In Target Costing," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 533-547, July.

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