A comparative analysis of activity-based costing and traditional costing


EREN AKYOL D., TUNÇEL MEMİŞ G., Bayhan G. M.

Conference of the World-Academy-of-Science-Engineering-and-Technology, Paris, France, 26 - 28 January 2005, vol.3, pp.44-47 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 3
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.44-47
  • Keywords: Activity-based costing, cost drivers, overheads, traditional costing
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Activity-based costing (ABC) which has become an important aspect of manufacturing/service organizations can be defined as a methodology that measures the cost and performance of activities, resources and cost objects. It can be considered as an alternative paradigm to traditional cost-based accounting systems. The objective of this paper is to illustrate an application of ABC method and to compare the results of ABC with traditional costing methods. The results of the application highlight the weak points of traditional costing methods and an S-Curve obtained is used to identify the undercosted and overcosted products of the firm.