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Implementing the Activity-Based Costing System
An overview of the methods of applying the "activity-based costing system" at Dakota Office Supply, in which actual costs associated with each product are established.
# 104635 | 1,425 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The paper discusses, in a detailed description, the effectiveness of an activity-based costing system or ABC and the ineffectiveness of the current costing system in use at the Dakota Office Supply (DOS) company . The paper then relates the methodology of implementing ABC at DOS and the procedures involved in its application.

Situational analysis
Activity based costing
ABC in practice at Dakota
Procedural steps of ABC

From the Paper:

"Before performing ABC, a baseline or a starting point is needed for business process improvement and a baseline can be expressed in some form of model. This baseline is critical for DOP because in order to establish this baseline metric the analytics just performed must be done for each individual account. If DOP performs this activity on each customer the strategic management benefits would be substantial because all the excess cost-drivers could be eliminated resulting in much wider operating margins and thus profitability without increasing costs or committing resources to gain this efficiency. Therefore, a baseline is a documentation of the organization's policies, practices, methods, measures, costs and their interrelationships at a particular location at a particular point in time (Maiga & Jacobs, 2003). Through base-lining, activity inputs and outputs across functional lines of business can be identified. ABC is the only improvement methodology that provides output or unit costs. Value added activities are those for which the customers are usually willing to pay in some fashion for the product or service. Non-value added are activities that create waste, result in a delay of some sort, and potentially adds costs to the products or services. Resources are assigned to activities so that the activities can be performed in the first place. Some of Pilgrims' resources are measured in man-hours, machine hours as well as machine maintenance and operational overhead. It is through ABC that an organization can begin to see actual dollar costs against individual activities, and find opportunities to streamline or reduce those costs, or even eliminate the entire activity thus removing the cost altogether. This is the process inherent in ABC that reduces overall expenditures of the company. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Caplan, D., Melumad, N. D., & Ziv, A. (2005). Activity-Based Costing and Cost Interdependencies among Products: The Denim Finishing Company. Issues in Accounting Education, 20(1), 51+.
  • Kaplan, R. (2003). Dakota Office Products. Harvard Business School, 9-102-021.
  • Latshaw, C. A., & Cortese-Danile, T. M. (2002). Activity-Based Costing: Usage and Pitfalls. Review of Business, 23(1), 30+.
  • Maiga, A. S., & Jacobs, F. A. (2003). Balanced Scorecard, Activity-Based Costing and Company Performance: An Empirical Analysis. Journal of Managerial Issues, 15(3), 283+.

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