A comparative study of the adoption and implementation of target costing in the UK, Australia and New Zealand

Authors: Yazdifar, H. and Askarany, D.

Journal: International Journal of Production Economics

Volume: 135

Issue: 1

Pages: 382-392

ISSN: 0925-5273

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2011.08.012

Abstract:

Most of the studies on target costing (TC) only provide insight into the adoption and perceived benefits of TC, and do not address the levels of implementation of the technique. These studies also assume that TC is only relevant to manufacturing firms and therefore do not investigate the adoption of this technique in service firms, and consequently exclude service firms from their surveys and analysis. Furthermore, most studies do not examine factors influencing the adoption of TC systems. Contributing to these gaps in the literature, this paper reports the results of a survey among CIMA-qualified management accountants working in manufacturing and service firms in the UK, Australia and New Zealand on the adoption and implementation of TC. The study examines the importance of attributes of TC (namely relative advantage, compatibility, ease of use, result demonstrability, trialability) for decision makers to adopt and implement such cost and management accounting innovation. The survey indicates that TC is equally prevalent among manufacturing and service firms while in terms of the levels of implementation there is a significant difference between manufacturing and service firms. The study shows that there is a growing interest in the examination of all cost-reducing strategies at the planning stage and adoption of value engineering to incorporate customer requirements rather than focusing on the adoption of cost-cutting strategies at the production stage. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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A comparative study of the adoption and implementation of target costing in the UK, Australia and New Zealand

Authors: Yazdifar, H. and Askarany, D.

Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS

Volume: 135

Issue: 1

Pages: 382-392

ISSN: 0925-5273

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2011.08.012

Source: Web of Science (Lite)