Who is CAM-I

Background on CAM-I

Who is CAM-I

What is CAM-I

CAM-I (Consortium for Advanced Management-International) is an international consortium of industry, government and research organizations.

CAM-I Mission

To serve as a collaborative forum of thought leaders who develop practical and effective management tools, techniques and methods to advance the way organizations manage costs, processes and performance.

About CAM-I

  • Founded with Department of Commerce support in 1972
  • Non-Profit, 501c3, Collaborative Membership Organization
  • CAM-I’s membership is diverse - Manufacturing, Service Companies, Government, Consulting Companies and Associations

University and Professional Affiliations

University and Professional Affiliations


Technical and Knowledge Partners

  • Great Lakes Institute of Management – Chennai
  • Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)
  • IMS International
  • Institute for Defense Analyses


University and Professional Affiliations


University and College Affiliations

  • Arizona State University
  • Babson College
  • Kellogg (Northwestern)
  • London School of Economics
  • The University of Akron
  • Weber State University


Organizations who have and are working with CAM-I

Organizations who have and are working with CAM-I


Current and Past Initiatives

CAM-I Cross

Current Initiatives and Special Interest Groups

  • Cost Management and Target Costing
  • Demonstrating the Value in Business Support Functions
  • Performance Management
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Forecasting for procurement of complex acquisition and support projects

Other significant areas CAM-I has worked on

  • Change Adaptation and Learning
  • Process Based Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Closed Loop Planning and Budgeting
  • Operational Data and Cost Measurement
  • Customer Profitability
  • Capacity Management
  • Resource Consumption Accounting


Target Costing and Cost Management

Target Costing Overview

Shifting Focus

The Target Costing implementation framework tailored by CAM-I provides the basis to attain desired "should cost"

Target Costing requires a sound knowledge of:

  • Customer perception of value
  • Design impact of components
  • Accuracy in supplier cost estimates

This model has been adopted by several member companies including Boeing, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Desser-Rand, Rockwell Collins, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool and Navistar


Target Value

Target Value

Value itself is a function of performance (timeliness, accuracy, usefulness, quality) and cost to produce and/or provide a service

Target Value is the level of performance that a product or service must achieve in order to meet customer expectations

Achieving Target Value requires a sound knowledge of:

  • Components of Value
  • Activities that contribute to the components
  • Level of resources consumed to hit target


Value Analysis

Value Analysis
  • Enables organizations to channel their product/service development activities to areas which provide the greatest customer value
  • Helps identify the relationship between spending and a product’s functional requirements, as defined by the customer
  • Key to the successful deployment of target costing for products or services, a profit planning and cost management process organizations use to control costs during the design stage of new product/service development

Risk-Value Curve

Risk Value Curve

Performance Management Framework (PMF)

The PMF 8 Step Implementation Process

The CAM-I PMF is a holistic methodology that identifies key enablers influencing business performance. The framework pinpoints gaps in enabler maturity and, depending on the assessed level of organizational readiness, recommends specific techniques to improve performance and appropriate measures to track the improvement.

Closed Loop Planning and Budgeting Framework

Closed Loop Planning and Budgeting Framework

CAM-I: Types of Deliverables

  • Management Accounting Guidelines.
  • White papers, position papers, Standards and Benchmarks.
  • Methodology – Product of developing an organized system of principles, philosophies from group experiences and applications.
  • Models - Models for analytics and various business functions.
  • Tools - Support the management and measurement of business processes.
  • Training – Based on application by organizations, techniques, best practices, tangible ROI’s and use of current technologies.


CAM-I Deliverables, Publicatuions and Books


  • Principal Based Value Framework - February 2020.
  • The Supply Chain Cost to Serve Model - December 2019.
  • The Value Analysis Process article - June 2019.
  • Supplier Costing method - June 2019.
  • Integrated Risk and Value Management - The Risk-Value Curve: How to optimize Risk and Generate value for your organization, January 2019.
  • Lessons Learned: The Boeing Company Pilot Project to Implement Environmental Activity- Based Costing/ Management Principles.
  • Use of Cost and Performance Principles to Manage Environmental Sustainability Initiatives.
  • CAM-I Performance Management Framework - Executive Overview (jointly published with CPA Canada).


Planning and Budgeting:

The Closed Loop – Implementing Activity Based Planning and Budgeting

Target Costing:

Target Costing - The Next Frontier in Strategic Cost Management

Hitting The Target – The CAM-I Target Costing Implementation Guide

Process Based Management:

The Road to Excellence – Becoming a Process-Based Company

Process Based Management – A Foundation for Business Excellence

Capacity Measurement & Improvement:

Guide to Evaluating & Optimizing Productivity

CAM-I Overview PDF File


CAM-I 2020-21 Meetings

  • September 14 - 16 2020, Alexandria, Virginia
  • October 19 - 20 2020, United Kingdom, Bristol
  • December 7 - 9 2020, Seattle, Washington
  • February 15 - 16 2021, United Kingdom – TBD
  • March 8 - 10 2021, Alexandria, Virginia
  • June 7 - 9 2021 - TBD
  • September 13 - 15 2021, Alexandria, Virginia
  • October 18 - 19 2021, United Kingdom