Activity-Based Costing (ABC) – An Effective Tool for Better Management

Ishter Mahal, Md. Akram Hossain


Activity-based Costing (ABC) is a powerful tool for the an organization to have an accurate and effective cost for its product avoiding cost distortion that may lead sustainable development and growth which is mandatory to be competitive in the era of globalization and complex business environment. The article contains some brief description of international journals on ABC. Author has tried to bring up the main essence of these journals. The mentioned journals cover a wide range of topics from theoretical aspects of ABC to its application. Author has discussed some specific cases in different countries. Some of our journals highlight the impact of ABC on the European firms where as some other has tried to discuss the American context of ABC. Analysis contains some data on the Nestle Bangladesh Ltd. which maintains the ABC. We have tried to analyze how successful the company is in implementing ABC. In the analysis of journals, author focused on different era of business like service sector, technology business, manufacturing sector and many more. Implementing ABC in these different sectors is a little bit different. ABC has to be implemented considering the characteristics of that sector. In total ABC has been proved to be successful for almost all the sectors. There have been some modifications in ABC also. Some other concepts have also been discussed here like theory of constraints, time driven ABC and many more.

Keywords: ABC, management accounting, manufacturing sector, time driven ABC.

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