Many have suggested that scientific management had a direct influence on the development of standard costing. This paper examines the relationship between these concepts in broad terms. While it is concluded that no direct relationship exists between scientific management and standard costing, the existence of an indirect relationship is acknowledged. Scientific management does not require any specific type of accounting system and standard costing does not require a certain type of management organization to operate. However, certain reports developed for the scientifically managed enterprise, when added to the germs of standard costing that existed, expedited the evolution of standard costing.

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