True cost accounting in agri-food networks: a German case study on informational campaigning and responsible implementation SpringerLink


Although there is growing interest in environmental, social, and governance measurement, the impact of company operations is emphasized over product use. A framework like this one that captures a product’s reach, accessibility, quality, optionality, environmental use emissions, and end of life recyclability allows for a systematic methodology that can be applied to companies across many industries. This paper introduces a framework to investors and researchers interested in accounting-based valuation. The framework connects expected stock returns to accounting valuation anchors. It can be generalized to evaluate an enterprise’s expected returns, and can be adapted to correct for the use of stale accounting data. Some of the case studies in this collection highlight the decision-making process in a business or management setting.

  • While ‘questioning is the starting point, serendipity, noticing, and insight provide an elevation, and interpretation based on phronesis’ that ‘is key’ to the approach (Thomas, 2010, p. 579).
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  • Assuming TCA would be implemented, consumers were questioned on whether they would change their consumption intake regarding organic and animal-based products.
  • To realize the potential inherent to TCA approaches abundant methodological finetuning is needed .

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Regarding TCAs influence on consumers’ behavior, we focused on estimating the customers’ willingness to pay for ‘true prices’ and how the implementation of TCA adjusted pricing would possibly change consumption habits. Assuming that an implementation of the TCA methodology will raise food prices, participants were asked about their willingness to pay for product prices with internalized ecological costs. WTP is defined as the maximum price at or below which a customer will definitely buy a product . The three experts collectively agree that public campaigns signify great potential towards raising awareness for negative externalities as they utilize TCA as a method to transparently communicate ecological damage to the general public.

The abductive approach has come under even greater scrutiny in this regard (Haig, 2005; Lukka & Modell, 2010; Thomas, 2010). The conduct of this study exemplifies how validity and meaning can be underpinned, and generalisability trade-offs understood, through careful planning and conduct of research in terms of method. As an exemplar that directly addresses these critical challenges to interpretative qualitative research, the study provides a valuable methodological roadmap, reinforcing the contribution of the abductive approach to the conduct of research, not just in management accounting, but in general. The abductive approach to the study facilitated the emergence of unanticipated themes and consideration of those themes as to their validity in addressing the research question.

Abduction and Theory

First, consumers were asked about their general purchasing behavior and their familiarity with the campaign. Only after such first questions did the interviewers explain the background of the campaign to participants. They were then asked for their perception of the campaign as well as their willingness to pay for the ‘true prices’ of different products.

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  • As aforementioned, the TCA calculations by Michalke et al. (2020; cf. 2.2) were used in a supermarket informational campaign in a German discounter in Berlin.
  • A representative of ‘Truesday’ (abbreviated to “TD” in the following), a TCA specialty coffee brand residing in Berlin, which is selling the first German true price coffee, was selected as the second expert.
  • Incorporating TCA could be the methodological centerpiece in a reformation of European subsidiary practice, creating veritable financial leverage towards encouraging meaningful, sustaining, and sustainable agriculture .

Survey data from more than 400 senior investment professionals provides insights into why and how investors use environmental, social, and governance information as well as the challenges in using this information. This study also documents what investors believe will be important ESG styles in the future. The cost of healthcare in rural Haiti was found to vary widely, even inside the same health organization. A pioneering cost accounting system co-developed by Robert Kaplan was called in to determine the cause.Open for comment; 0 Comments.

Conduct of the Research: Case Study and Data Gathering

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  • The interviewed TCA practitioners agree with a presumed knowledge deficit , stating that while the consumers’ interest is promising for a successful and accepted implementation of TCA, their level of knowledge still seems insufficient to motivate extensive changes in consumption behavior .
  • Note taking, during, after, and when listening to the recorded interviews was an important aspect of the analysis, capturing relevant themes and observations.
  • The paper addresses the often cited critical challenges posed by this methodology, and inductive qualitative research in general, for the validity and generalisability of findings.
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