Purpose – This paper aims to present an empirically developed and tested process to address the limitations in the literature on the lack of appropriate performance measures and benchmarks for recording activity and sub‐process related cost. The process presented integrates performance measures, process cost accounting tools and benchmarking. Design/methodology/approach – A special type of research methodology called innovative action research is utilized to develop and test the new process benchmarking tool. Findings – The new tool provides information not only about costs, but also about the following non‐financial indicators: process volumes, process‐related time (cycle times), and used capacity/resources of processes. Also, the tool can be used in a very economical way. Research limitations/implications – The findings of the study are limited to the German mechanical engineering industry. Further research is needed for generalization of the proposed model. Practical implications – Although, the mechanical engineering industry is used to demonstrate the proposed framework, it can be applied to other industries with a little modification. Originality/value – A new, effective and efficient tool for cost reduction and performance improvement is developed and empirically tested.
Benchmarking: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 30, 2008
Keywords: Benchmarking; Cost accounting; Germany; Performance measures
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