CAM-I Deliverables 2019-2020

Cost Management and Target Costing Group

Value Management

The group’s objective is to assist member organizations in understanding and quantifying the value business support functions bring to an organization. This will be achieved through the development of a framework that will enable member organizations to consistently define the value business support functions bring to an organization and thereby allow cost / value trade-off to be quantified and considered. The work on value management is being led by the CAM-I UK chapter with support from US based members.

Defining Value for Services – Historically, target costing and value analysis is more easily applied to the manufacturing of a product. Services can present nuanced challenges in quantifying the processes performed and the importance to the customer. The group will continue to expand pilots of the value for services and associated costs.

Cost Management & Target Costing Maturity Curve – CAM-I has contributed significantly to the field of Cost Management & Target Costing but how can new member organizations self-assess where they are in terms of maturity and what next steps to take to improve their organization? The group will use the existing body of knowledge to create a maturity curve explaining the accomplishments along the maturity curve.

Integrated Risk and Value Management Special Interest Group

The Integrated Risk and Value Management interest group is currently working on the development of the risk-value continuum, value-analysis matrix, and risk-analysis tool. These tools will be combined into a user-guide which identifies where an organization is currently in terms of risk taking and will help lead the organization to their optimal point to maximize organizational value. This will help lead an organization through a well-rounded risk-value discussion at any level of the organization.

Performance Management Interest Group

The group is focused on these Phase III initiatives:

   Phase III Key Deliverables:

  • PMF Awareness Training for members and guests at quarterly meetings.
  • PMF Implementation Workshop facilitated in-house for member companies.
  • PMF Instructor Certification Process and Program (“Train-The-Trainer”).
  • On-line Readiness Assessment tools and analytics.
  • Guidance on integrating PMF concepts with other IGs’ methodologies.

Current research and development includes:

  • Creating an updated Executive Overview with a more graphical explanation of the methodology.
  • Providing high level guidance on improving organizational readiness.
  • Packaging PMF instructor materials into a practical Implementation Guidebook.
  • Documenting business success stories in the use of the Framework.
  • Developing an approach to providing more detailed guidance on specific improvement techniques and accessing associated reference materials.

The Environmental Sustainability Interest Group

To continue driving its mission, ESIG is currently developing a pilot activity-based greenhouse gas (GHG) management model at Weber State University to validate the 2012 whitepaper: Measuring and Managing Environmental Sustainability: Using Activity-Based Costing/Management (ABC/M). The group intends to demonstrate that the activity-based information generated by the model will help identify the relative cost- and environmental-intensity of activities at Weber St. and help university managers make more informed decisions to focus on activities, products and services which are high-value and low-environmental intensity.  To date, ESIG has developed a balanced activity-based model, and is in the process of validating the model construct and reporting output with stakeholders at Weber St. ESIG will issue a final deliverable – including a concept overview, model description, and anticipated model uses - in 2019.

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