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What determines ABC success in mature sites?

What determines ABC success in mature sites? Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine ABC success determinants in mature ABC sites. Design/methodology/approach – The study surveys 65 managers of service and manufacturing organizations using ABC. Findings – The stepwise regression results indicate that top management support is the key determinant of ABC success in mature ABC sites. Research limitations/implications – This research shows that top management support continues to be critical to ongoing ABC success. Past research has shown that top management support is critical in the early stages of ABC adoption and if withdrawn is a major cause of ABC implementation failure. Despite the technical benefits of ABC adoption the extent of change, the resource commitment and the management of conflict and power means that careful consideration of the determinants of success is crucial. Many researchers have examined this at initial implementation or have confounded their results by not distinguishing the stage of adoption. Very few have researched beyond the initial implementation to examine what factors continue to ensure ABC success once fully integrated. Other determinants examined were resource adequacy, education, performance improvement and reward link, and competition intensity. Practical implications – Practically any ABC adoption needs to secure top management support from inception through to routinisation and integration. Originality/value – The novelty of this study is in the way ABC success is measured and that the sites examined are only mature adoption sites. By examining only “mature” ABC sites the differences in the stages of implementation are not confounded in the results. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change Emerald Publishing

What determines ABC success in mature sites?

Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change , Volume 7 (3): 19 – Sep 20, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1832-5912
DOI
10.1108/18325911111164204
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine ABC success determinants in mature ABC sites. Design/methodology/approach – The study surveys 65 managers of service and manufacturing organizations using ABC. Findings – The stepwise regression results indicate that top management support is the key determinant of ABC success in mature ABC sites. Research limitations/implications – This research shows that top management support continues to be critical to ongoing ABC success. Past research has shown that top management support is critical in the early stages of ABC adoption and if withdrawn is a major cause of ABC implementation failure. Despite the technical benefits of ABC adoption the extent of change, the resource commitment and the management of conflict and power means that careful consideration of the determinants of success is crucial. Many researchers have examined this at initial implementation or have confounded their results by not distinguishing the stage of adoption. Very few have researched beyond the initial implementation to examine what factors continue to ensure ABC success once fully integrated. Other determinants examined were resource adequacy, education, performance improvement and reward link, and competition intensity. Practical implications – Practically any ABC adoption needs to secure top management support from inception through to routinisation and integration. Originality/value – The novelty of this study is in the way ABC success is measured and that the sites examined are only mature adoption sites. By examining only “mature” ABC sites the differences in the stages of implementation are not confounded in the results.

Journal

Journal of Accounting & Organizational ChangeEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 20, 2011

Keywords: Activity based costs; ABC success; ABC determinants; Managers

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