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Development of real-time product cost measurement: A case study in a medium-sized manufacturing company

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  • Wouters, Marc
  • Stecher, Julia
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    Data availability and the need for updating are important considerations when designing product costing systems. This paper describes the development of a costing system in a medium sized company to better understand these issues. The company wanted to be able to assess profitability of products on a more comprehensive basis than the contribution margins of products, which included merely the direct material costs. The resulting system uses practical capacity to compute rates and is based on a hybrid of machining and labor times. The most innovative aspect is the use of real-time data on machine times in manufacturing, in the context of a large number and frequently changing products. The study also helps to better understand the limitations of time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC), and it highlights the role of “data discovery” for the design of costing systems.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 183 (2017)
    Issue (Month): PA ()
    Pages: 235-244

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:183:y:2017:i:pa:p:235-244
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.10.018
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