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The Theoretical Substantiation of Cost Accounting in the Light of Conflicting Approaches


  • Schweitzer, Marcell


Desde hace algunos años se viene sosteniendo en Alemania una discusión acerca de la fundamentación teórica de la contabilidad de costes, así como de la necesidad de mantener un sistema de costes independiente. El abanico de planteamientos posibles abarca desde la total integración de la contabilidad de costes en la contabili-dad externa hasta el de una separación lo más completa posible de ambos sistema contables. Esta aportación pre-tende presentar, desde el punto de vista alemán, cómo se ha desarrollado la discusión y cuál es la situación ac-tual. Como conclusión del trabajo se aboga por una separación, sustentada teóricamente, entre ambos sistemas de contabilidad. In Germany, a discussion has been in progress for a number of years on the theoretical substantiation and the necessity of an independent cost accounting system. The spectrum of views involved ranges from a complete integration of cost accounting (internal income statement) into the profit and loss statement (external income statement) to as complete a separation as possible of the two income accounting systems. This contribu-tion will represent, from a German standpoint, how the discussion has developed, and what its present state is. The conclusion of this contribution is a recommendation of a theoretically substantiated separation of the two types of income statements.

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  • Schweitzer, Marcell, 2005. "The Theoretical Substantiation of Cost Accounting in the Light of Conflicting Approaches," De Computis "Revista Española de Historia de la Contabilidad". De Computis "Spanish Journal of Accounting History"., Asociación Española de Contabilidad y Administración de Empresas (AECA). Spanish Accounting and Business Administration Association., issue 3, pages 124-146, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:dec:articl:2004-09:124-146

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