Cost Accounting and Performance Measurement in a Just-in-Time Production Environment

Abstract

There are normative statements in the literature, backed up by case observations and anecdotal evidence, which indicate that manufacturing companies operating just-in-time (JIT) production management systems should also change their cost accounting systems and place greater reliance on non-financial performance indicators. This study provides empirical evidence suggesting that JIT manufacturing companies which have made some degree of modification to their costing system demonstrate higher performance than JIT companies which have not made changes. The results also suggest that greater use of non-financial performance indicators is associated with higher performance irrespective of the production management system adopted.

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Durden, C.H., Hassel, L.G. & Upton, D.R. Cost Accounting and Performance Measurement in a Just-in-Time Production Environment. Asia Pacific Journal of Management 16, 111–125 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1015414320195

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  • Just-in-time
  • cost accounting change
  • con-financial performance measures