Activity-Based Costing: Making It Work for Small and Mid-Sized Companies (Wiley Cost Management Series) (9780471237549): Douglas T. Hicks: Books. Provides a much-needed alternative to the ``big guys'' approach to activity-based costing (ABC). Divided into 3 sections, it begins by addressing some of the general issues regarding ABC at small and mid-sized companies, featuring key concepts needed to implement ABC. Part 2 outlines the steps necessary to establish an activity-based system including how to develop an effective cost flow pattern, the tools used in this procedure, a process for planning a cost model and an outline for gathering the data required to drive it. Finally it explains how the activity-based cost accumulation model, developed in the previous section, can be used to improve a company's decision making process and demonstrates how a business can create cost estimates and evaluate pricing strategies for multi-year programs.