The activity based cost (ABC) approach has been used to relate costs and benefits to various cost pools that drive product profitability within an organization, so that relationships can be established between investments and product profitability. In this paper, using a particular case, we demonstrate the value of the ABC approach for IT investment justification under certain conditions, and discuss its implications.
Peacock, Eileen and Tanniru, Mohan, "Activity Based Justification for IT Investments" (2000). AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. 177.