By designing a pilot time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) model, this study aims to examine in depth the suitability and the complexity of TDABC in a manufacturing company.
To obtain a deeper understanding on the matters to analyse, this research adopts an interventionist approach. The host organisation is GP, a Portuguese company in the frozen food sector.
The authors’ experience allows them to assert that TDABC is suitable for a manufacturing company and it is able to deal with the variability of the industrial processes. Nonetheless, through a comparison with the models presented in the literature, TDABC appears to be more complex for manufacturing. The authors argue that this happens for two reasons. First, the two types of resources (human labour and machinery) used in production areas create a need to split tasks and to create two equations for each process, something that does not happen in service companies. Second, times are difficult to individualise for certain highly automated procedures, which could also give rise to some errors.
The designed model is compared to other models presented in the literature.
This study shows a real example of TDABC in manufacturing and the procedural innovation of the time equations.
As the TDABC literature has been mostly focused on examples of service companies, the authors examine the technical suitability and the complexity of TDABC in manufacturing companies.
The authors would like to thank the editor, Professor John Burns, and the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions, who have helped to improve the paper. The usual disclaimer applies.
Barros, R.S. and Ferreira, A.M.D.S.d.C. (2017), "Time-driven activity-based costing: Designing a model in a Portuguese production environment", Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 2-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRAM-10-2015-0095
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