Many authors have predicted that the shorter product life cycles, advanced manufacturing technologies, decreasing emphasis on labour in the production process, and global competition may lead to the demise of standard costing. This exploratory study aims to provide empirical evidence on the extent to which companies in Malaysia use standard costing. It also examines the differences in the use of such techniques between local Malaysian firms and Japanese affiliates.
From the industrial and consumer products sectors listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and 21 Japanese affiliates in Malaysia, 66 companies were surveyed.
Despite its various criticisms, the empirical findings suggest that standard costing is still being used by a large majority of firms in Malaysia. Thus, Malaysian companies (both Japanese and local) perceive that the basic principles of standard costing remain sound.
While the empirical results may be interesting, the findings represent an exploratory area of research which ultimately needs to be grounded in theory. To do this, future studies should undertake detailed case studies on management accounting in practice.
Provides empirical evidence of the extent of use of standard costing in Malaysia.
Sulaiman, M., Nazli Nik Ahmad, N. and Mohd Alwi, N. (2005), "Is standard costing obsolete? Empirical evidence from Malaysia", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 109-124. https://doi.org/10.1108/02686900510574539Download as .RIS
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