A note on the importance of product costs in decision-making

John A. Brierley, Christopher Cowton, Colin Drury

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This paper uses the results of a questionnaire survey to conduct exploratory research into the importance of product costs in decision-making. The results of the research reveal that product costs are at least important in selling price, make-or-buy, cost reduction, product design, evaluating new production process and product discontinuation decisions. Product costs that were used directly in decision-making were more important than those that were used as attention directing information and they were more important in product mix, output level and product discontinuation decisions in continuous production processes manufacturing. In general, the importance of product costs in decision-making did not vary between the methods used to allocate and assign overheads to product costs, and it was not related to operating unit size, product differentiation, competition and the level of satisfaction with the product costing system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Management Accounting
EditorsJohn Y. Lee, Marc J. Epstein
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781849504478
ISBN (Print)9780762313525
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Management Accounting
PublisherJAI Press
ISSN (Print)1474-7871


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