What determines ABC success in mature sites?

Byrne, Suzanne (2011) What determines ABC success in mature sites? Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, 7 (3). pp. 259-277.

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine ABC success determinants in mature ABC sites.
Design/methodology/approach - The study surveys 65 users of an ABC system in service and manufacturing firms.
Findings - The stepwise regression results indicate that top management support is the key determinant of ABC success in mature ABC firms. Other determinants examined were resource adequacy, education, performance improvement and reward link, competition intensity.
Research limitations/implications - Past research has shown that top management support is critical in the early stages of ABC adoption and if withdrawn is a major cause of ABC implementation failure. Despite the technical benefits of ABC adoption the extent of change, the resource commitment and the management of conflict and power means that careful consideration of the determinants of success is crucial. Many researchers have examined this at initial implementation or have confounded their results by not distinguishing the stage of adoption. Very few have researched beyond the initial implementation to examine what factors continue to ensure ABC success once fully integrated.
Practical implications - Practically any ABC adoption needs to secure top management support from inception through to routinisation and integration.
Originality/value - The novelty of this study is in the way ABC success is measured, that participants were users of the ABC system and that the sites examined are only mature adoption sites. By examining only 'mature' ABC sites the differences in the stages of implementation are not confounded in the results.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version, and deposit of Accepted Version in accordance with publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 06:11
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: ABC, success determinants; activity-based costing
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150105 Management Accounting
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/18325911111164204
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19616

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