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Activity‐based management system implementation in higher education institution: Benefits and challenges

Noor Azizi Ismail (College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

Campus-Wide Information Systems

ISSN: 1065-0741

Article publication date: 5 January 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss how activity‐based costing (ABC) technique can be applied in the context of higher education institutions. It also discusses the obstacles and challenges to the successful implementation of activity‐based management (ABM) in the higher education environment.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper adopts a combination of case study and survey approaches. It also uses SAS ABM software to transform the ABC model into a working model.

Findings

The results demonstrate that, using SAS ABM software, implementation of ABC technique can result in improved information of benefits to the university administrators. However, several obstacles and challenges especially those relating to supporting information systems may hamper the success of ABM system implementation.

Originality/value

This is the first paper that investigates the feasibility of ABM system implementation in higher education institution in Malaysia. It is also the first to use specific software to transform the ABC into a working model.

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Citation

Azizi Ismail, N. (2010), "Activity‐based management system implementation in higher education institution: Benefits and challenges", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 40-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650741011011273

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2010, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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