A roadmap for cost engineering in the automotive supplier sector

Paul Baguley*, Paul G. Maropoulos, Robert Pease

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    The advent of global competition has introduced the need for new competitive manufacturing strategies. The implementation of new strategies has a dramatic effect on measuring product cost compared to traditional management accounting methods. It is found that new cost management methods are required to measure success and support decision-making within the new strategies. One example is the consequences of using traditional management accounting methods for measuring the effects of lean having catastrophic results during reporting. Such results steer managers away from lean manufacture based upon a false picture of the potential benefits. This research examines cost management methods potentially applicable within the automotive supplier sector. Because of the lack of cost-related data collected within the supplier sector companies, this paper ends with a demonstration of a novel method for use in data scarce environments. Copyright © 2008 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)265-283
    Number of pages19
    JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008


    • lean manufacturing
    • cost engineering
    • cost models
    • automobile industry
    • cost management
    • automotive suppliers
    • agile manufacturing
    • product cost


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