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Management accounting practices in selected Asian countries: A review of the literature

Maliah bt. Sulaiman (Department of Accounting, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Nik Nazli Nik Ahmad (Department of Accounting, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Norhayati Alwi (Department of Accounting, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Managerial Auditing Journal

ISSN: 0268-6902

Article publication date: 1 May 2004

Abstract

Traditional management accounting techniques such as standard costing and variance analysis, traditional budgeting and cost volume profit analysis are said to be less useful in the present manufacturing environment. To succeed in the present dynamic business environment, tools or strategies such as JIT, ABC, TQM, process re‐engineering, life cycle assessment and target costing would greatly enhance the ability of corporations to meet global competition. Through a literature review, this study examines the extent to which traditional and contemporary management accounting tools are being used in four Asian countries: Singapore, Malaysia, China and India. Overall, the evidence reviewed suggests that the use of contemporary management accounting tools is lacking in the four countries. The use of traditional management accounting techniques remains strong. The paper concludes with various recommendations for future research, the most important of which is the need for future studies to be grounded in theory.

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Sulaiman, M.b., Nazli Nik Ahmad, N. and Alwi, N. (2004), "Management accounting practices in selected Asian countries: A review of the literature", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 493-508. https://doi.org/10.1108/02686900410530501

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