Cost allocation of corporate IT-services
Uitti, Ilkka Juhani (2002)
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Uitti, Ilkka Juhani
Cost allocation is an inescapable problem in nearly every organization and in nearly every facet of accounting. Within large corporations there are several different types of units, like profit-making business units and non-profit service units. In order to evaluate the performance of the business units and to fund the operations of service units, the expenses of service production need to be allocated to the business units benefiting from the services.The objective of this thesis was to find good and fair allocating factors for the costs of corporate wide IT services. In order to reach this objective, the cost allocation process was studied in general and an overview of cost structure was established. All possible cost driver candidates were mapped and their good and bad properties were weighed. The cost allocation problem was handled separately according to organizational division of corporate IT department: infrastructure, administrative systems, sales system and e-business. The emphasis was on two largest cost groups: infrastructure costs and sales system costs. As a result of the study an allocation model is presented. It contains categorization of the costs, selected cost drivers and cost distributions for the current year.