برون سپاری و یا گسترش ظرفیت : استفاده از مدل هزینه یابی مبتنی بر فعالیت در تصمیمات محصولات مشترک
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|2631||2007||16 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||8297 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Computers & Operations Research, Volume 34, Issue 12, December 2007, Pages 3666–3681
Because of capacity constraints, the companies who produce joint products have to assess the desirability of further processing joint products beyond the split-off point. Especially in a situation in which market demands exceed the company's production capacity. In order to satisfy customer's orders and maximize total profits, these companies must study the feasibility of expanding capacity or outsourcing the production of parts. The aim of this paper is to develop an ABC joint products decision model which incorporates capacity expansions and outsourcing features, by using a mathematical programming approach. With the model presented in this paper, we can evaluate the comparative benefits of expanding the various kinds of capacity and outsourcing simultaneously. By applying this model, the companies who produce joint products can derive an optimal decision about further processing, capacity expansions or outsourcing.
Many companies, such as petroleum refiners, lumber mills, meat packers or flour mills, produce a multitude of products in their manufacturing processes. Joint products are produced simultaneously by common process or series of processes. All costs incurred before the split-off point of joint products are referred to as joint costs, and costs incurred for further processing and disposal are referred to as separable costs. Due to capacity constraints, when joint products can either be sold at the split-off point or after further separate processing, the companies who produce joint products have to assess the desirability of further processing of joint products beyond the split-off point. Especially in a situation in which market demands exceed the company's production capacity. In order to satisfy customer's orders and maximize total profits, the feasible way for these companies includes capacity expansions or outsourcing part of the products. Such decisions involve resource allocation and require accurate analysis of relevant costs associated with each option. Efficient firms allocate their own resources to those activities within the value chain for which they enjoy a comparative advantage over competitors . Other activities not enjoying such advantages are increasingly outsourced to external suppliers. Outsourcing is expected to involve production cost savings relative to internal production because outside suppliers benefit from economies of scale, smoother production schedules and centralization of expertise  and . Based on a survey of more than 1200 companies, Deavers  identified the top five reasons for outsourcing as: to improve company focus, access to world-class capabilities, acceleration of benefits from reengineering, sharing of risk and freeing of resources for other purposes. De Kok  considers outsourcing as a measure to allocate capacity. The additional capacity needs are not postponed but are instead outsourced. Thus, in the situation that market demands exceed current capacity, outsourcing may be a good way to obtain the advantages of cost saving and share the risk. In recent years, because of dissatisfaction with the distortions created by traditional costing systems , activity-based costing (ABC) has become a popular cost management technique both with accounting academics and in business practice. Many managers now use ABC to guide decisions and establish priorities. The ABC model is composed of both the cost assignment view and the process view with activities as the intersection of these two views . The cost assignment view provides information about resources, activities, and cost objects. The process view provides financial and non-financial information about cost drivers and performance measures for each activity or process. Relying on ABCs analysis of how products consume resources, it models the causal relationship between products and resources used in their production. This enables ABC to provide an understanding of how costs are driven by the demands for activities within a process, and more accurate product cost information for evaluating the profitability of the firm's product lines . The purpose of this paper is to develop an ABC joint products decision model incorporating capacity expansions and outsourcing features by using a mathematical programming approach, in order to lead to an optimal joint products further processing, capacity expansions or outsourcing decision. The remainder of this paper is organized into five sections. Sections 2 and 3 will detail the literature about the concepts of ABC and outsourcing. We develop our ABC model for joint products decision in Section 4. A numerical example is used to demonstrate how to apply the model in Section 5. Finally we present our conclusions in Section 6.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In recent years, outsourcing has become an important strategy for many business organizations. For a successful outsourcing decision, the advantage of cost savings is an important consideration. Thus, the decision about outsourcing requires an accurate analysis of relevant costs. Application of the ABC model to joint products to trace resource costs to processes can improve the accuracy of product (processes) cost data derived from the traditional volume-based or unit-based costing systems. One of the special features of ABC is that it uses both volume-based (i.e., unit-level) and non-volume-based (i.e., batch-level, product-level, or facility-level) drivers to assign activity costs to products according to the nature of the activities. Since the relevant information of joint products related decisions is process costs rather than joint products costs, the ABC joint products decision model that this paper proposes emphasizes the activity costs of processes. There is no need to allocate process costs to joint products. Furthermore, to extend the existing research literature, this paper incorporates capacity expansion and outsourcing features into the ABC joint products decision model by using a mathematical programming approach. In order to maximize total profit and satisfy the customer's order under the situation in which there is lack of sufficient capacity to meet market demand, the firms who produce joint products have to make decisions about further processing, capacity expansions or outsourcing. An ABC model for joint products related decisions is presented in this paper and a numerical example is used to demonstrate how to apply the model under three different conditions. Through accurate analysis of relevant costs, the firms can maintain the equilibrium of internal production and outsourcing, and also obtain a competitive advantage from outsourcing by being able to allocate their own resources efficiently. This paper contributes to the management sciences by developing a new mixed integer programming joint products decision model that maximizes a firm's profit with following major types of ABC constraints: (1) unit-level piecewise direct labor constraints, (2) batch-level activity constraints, (3) product-level activity constraints, and (4) stepwise process-level machine hour constraints. With the model presented in this paper, we could evaluate the comparative benefit of expanding the various kinds of capacity and outsourcing simultaneously. By applying this model, the companies who produce joint products will be able to make optimal decisions about further processing, capacity expansions or outsourcing.