Attempt all the problems.
problem1) Differentiate between structural cost drivers and executional cost drivers by giving suitable exs
problem2) Briefly describe Activity based Costing and describe the steps involved in designing an ABC system for a manufacturing organization.
problem3) Briefly describe the following:
1. Non-financial Performance Measures.
2. Experience Curve.
3. Quality Costs.
4. Technology as Cost Driver.
problem4) (a) describe the traditional views on thinking about ‘Quality’ and ‘Cost’.
(b) describe why in the model plants, zero defects would lead to near zero quality cost. Why is conventional reporting on quality could be a barrier to Total Quality Management.
The company seeks to measure customer response time with the specific purpose of improving the same. In the case of single manufacturing process, it has to take operational measures to reduce set up time and product waiting time. These controls are evaluated by informational feedback such as “manufacturing cycle time,” and relevant `contribution’ analysis. In the case of multiple processes, it is important to identify manufacturing bottlenecks” and devise measures to improve performance therein. Accordingly, suitable informational controls such as `through put contribution’ have to be instituted to measure improvements in such bottleneck situations. However, if product related strategies aim to Just in Time (JIT) purchases and production then the organization might have to instal a system of `kanabs’ to facilitate every process to intimate its material requirements to the preceding process station ending with the first process station placing orders with the suppliers. Besides, the minimum acceptable level of inventories to be kept at every process and suggested lead time for supply of materials to succeeding stations have to be finalized.
Such measures have to be supported by relevant cost information in JIT information.
Answer the following :
Ouestion1) What is the nature or type of strategy discussed in the above mentioned case?
problem2) Which tool and technique of strategic cost management is present in the company?