Objectives of Target Costing

The fundamental of the objective of target costing is to enable management to use proactive cost planning, cost management, and cost reduction practice whereby, cost are planned and managed out of a product and business, early in the design and development cycle, rather than during the later stages of product development and production. It obviously applies to the new product, but can also be applied to product modification or succeeding generations of products. It might also be used for the existing product, but costs are more difficult to reduce once a product is development and designed.

Target costing is as much a significant business philosophy as it is a process to plan, manage and reduce cost, it emphasises understanding the market and competition. It focuses  on customer  requirements in terms of quality, functions, and delivery, as well as price; it recognizes the necessity  to balance the tradeoffs across the organization, and establishes  teams to address them early I the development cycle; and  it has, at its core, the fundamental  objective to make money, to be able to reinvest, grow and increase value .

Broadly speaking, a target costing system has three objectives:

  • To lower the cost of new products so that the required profit level be ensured.
  • The new products meet the levels of quality, delivery timing and prices requirement by the
  • To motivate all company employees to achieve the target profit during new product development by making target costing a companywide profit management activity For any system to be effective in sporting decision making in an organization, the staff from the relevant departments must come together in order to tap their creativity so as to achieve goals. In another word, the company requires a non- conflicting and rational system for consensus building and decision –

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