Cost allocation problem in the public sector: evidence from the field

Ahmed, Rafiuddin (2003) Cost allocation problem in the public sector: evidence from the field. In: Proceedings of the tenth annual meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, pp. 20-25. From: Tenth annual meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 20-23 February, 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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Abstract

This paper draws on the work of Ramadan (1989) to examine the cost allocation problem and practices to resolve the problem in the public sector. Specifically, the cost allocation problem and the solutions to those problems of a large public sector municipal council in Australia were examined.

Results reveal that public sector managers address the problem in a similar manner as that of managers in the private sector. This is in contrast to Tierneys (1991) observations that private sector accounting principles cannot be used in the public sector entities because of differences in contextual, and organizational factors.

Some reasons behind similarities in public sector, and private sector accounting practices are discussed, and directions for future research on the topic are suggested.

Item ID: 833
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: cost allocation; public sector; allocation problem
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2006
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150105 Management Accounting @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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