Technological and organizational influences on the adoption of activity-based costing in Australia

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The present paper examines one set of potential reasons for the paradox as to why so few firms have adopted activity-based costing (ABC) despite the demonstrated benefits of this costing system. A cross-sectional survey of Australian firms is used to examine the influence of seven technological and organizational factors on firms’ initial interest in ABC and their decision to adopt it or not. The organizational factors of top management support, the support of an internal champion, and organizational size were shown to be associated with initial interest in ABC. The decision to adopt or reject ABC had one organizational factor associated with it, the support of an internal champion.

JEL classification: M40

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Accounting, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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