Strategic Cost Management
About This Chapter
In this final chapter, we consider a number of techniques that have emerged over recent years. This moves us from the concentration on analysis to the broader view of management, although it would be difficult to draw the dividing line.
As we moved through the 20th century, the costing of manufacturing processes and the tangible assets associated with them shifted to knowledge-based assets and strategies to manage those intangible assets. Managerial thinking changed, and the practice of imposing systems and decisions from the top down without question developed into more participative styles.
These developments, and other changes, led to the rethinking of strategic formulation and the cost ...