Title: Cost analysis of a manufacturing company encountering a failing financial situation: a pedagogical teaching case using learning activities model
Authors: Ahmed Abdel-Maksoud; Walid Cheffi
Addresses: Accounting Department, College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box 15551, Al-Ain, UAE ' Accounting Department, College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box 15551, Al-Ain, UAE
Abstract: The case focuses on automatic factory (AF), a small-sized manufacturing company; which produces and sells multiple construction products in the United Arab Emirates. For years, AF made operating profits, but during 2011-2013 it recorded operating losses, which the company management was anxious to have explained. AF's main concern was to acquire actionable knowledge and diffuse it throughout the company's hierarchy. To remedy the failing situation, an organisational learning activities model was adopted that would put the company on a sustainable footing and save it from dissolution. The aim of the present case study is to discuss and analyse this situation, using relevant management accounting techniques as a means of organisational learning. Participants are encouraged to discuss and analyse the AF's cost structure, breakeven analysis and sales mix, emphasising that such techniques should overlap with the learning activities undertaken by the company.
Keywords: cost analysis; financial failing; organisational learning; manufacturing organisation; product mix; UAE.
International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2017 Vol.8 No.4, pp.241 - 254
Received: 31 Jan 2017
Accepted: 09 May 2017
Published online: 21 Dec 2017 *