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Research questionnaire for data collection (Cost Accounting)

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Research questionnaire for data collection (Cost Accounting)

  1. 1. 1 QUESTIONNAIRE Dear respondent, This questionnaire is intended to provide information for a study that leads to award of the Degree of Bachelor of Business Administration of LivingStone International University. It is meant to assess the “effect of accounting software on cost management: a case of accounts department at LivingStone International University”. You have been selected to participate in this research study by providing information and are kindly requested to complete the questionnaire, as honestly as possible. NOTE: the information that you’ll provide is only for the purpose of this study and will be treated as confidential. Please, sign below as a sign of consent. Thank you, Joseph Oloba (Researcher) ……………………………………………………… Sign of Respondent ……………………………………………………… SECTION A Demographic data For this section, tick in the appropriate box.□ 1. Sex: 1. Male ♂□ 2. Female♀□ 2. Age: 1. 20-30yrs□ 2. 31-40yrs□ 3.41-50yrs□4.51-60yrs□5.Above 61yrs□ 3. Education level: 1. Certificate□2.Diploma □3.Degree □4.Masters□ 5. Doctorate/ PhD□6. Other (please specify)…A…………………………. 4. Duration of stay at LIU: 1. 1yr □ 2. 2yrs □ 3.3yrs □ 4. 4yrs□ 5. More than 5yrs □ 5. Marital Status: 1. Single□2.Married□3.Separated □ 4.Widowed□ 5. Other (please specify) …………………………………………………………. 6. Religious Affiliation: 1. Protestant □2.Catholic□3. Pentecostal □4.Muslim□5. Other (please specify)……………………………………………… 7. Classification: 1. Student Leader □ 2. Faculty Staff □ 3. Faculty Dean □ 4. Accounts Office □ 3. Other (please specify)……………………………….
  2. 2. 2 Questionnaire Guide: 1. Strongly disagree. 2. Disagree. 3. Not sure. 4. Agree. 5. Strongly agree. Instructions: For each of the following items, please tick in the box that best represents your suitable opinion as it is in each statement. SECTION B Budgeting and Performance Budgeting 1 2 3 4 5 8 Accounting software is used in the accounts department 9 The budget is reflected in the accounting software 10 Expenses are recorded vis-à-vis budgeted amounts during budget execution 11 The budget is easily accessible both in soft & hard copies Performance 1 2 3 4 5 12 Software notifications and alerts help track performance patterns 13 Accounting software is used when assessing university financial performance 14 Expenses in the accounts office help reflect cost performance levels 15 There is a functioning and un-biased performance evaluation program in the university SECTION C Records Management and Control Records Management 1 2 3 4 5 16 Accounting software facilitates an organized documentation planning in LIU 17 LIU produces monthly financial summaries generated directly from software 18 Accounting software is used when financial meetings are called upon 19 File folders & shelves for keeping past information printed from the software are visible in the accounts department Control 1 2 3 4 5 20 Software usage has improved control & monitoring of cost information 21 An automated payroll system is used at accounts department 22 LIU’s strategic plan is fully reflected in the software 23 Accounting software has empowered the accountants on cost decisions 24 Software is regularly updated to meet the current control needs SECTION D Auditing and Accountability Auditing 1 2 3 4 5 25 There is a fully established annual auditing program in LIU 26 Auditors are appointed by the LIU’s board of directors 27 Auditors are aided by information from the accounting software during the audit period 28 Software is used to audit the university financial statements Accountability 1 2 3 4 5 29 LIU publishes accounting information for the general public 30 Accounting software has improved accountability in the university 31 Accounting software has improved access to accounting information in LIU 32 Books of accounts that reflect the cost component of book keeping are highlighted in the software just as they appear in the source documents
  3. 3. 3 SECTION E Intervening Variables a) Organizational Policies 1 2 3 4 5 33 In managing university funds, technology is given a higher attention 34 University policy favors the use of software in the accounts office 35 Costs decisions take a long process due to bureaucratic systems in place 36 Auditing books of accounts is done both internally and externally 37 Departments work independently and with limited interference by others 38 Guidelines on accounting issues of LIU are less restrictive b) Management 1 2 3 4 5 39 There has been significant financial transparency by the management 40 Funds are well managed and records properly preserved 41 Motivation of employees is prioritized and they perform their jobs with honesty & integrity 42 Every head of department has authority to implement plans without interference from top managers 43 Managers have easy access to growth & development activities like seminars, workshops, and other resourceful involvements 44 The organogram (organizational structure) is fair & limits role conflicts 45 Diversity is given priority as regards to appointment to managerial positions c) Environment 1 2 3 4 5 46 The government laws and regulations favor the use of software in accounting 47 There is adequate confidentiality among the staff and students – therefore, sensitive financial information is protected 48 The environmental atmosphere is favorable for both workers and students 49 The university interacts with the general public so often 50 Freedom of expression is observed as a basic human right and not disturbed 51 There is reliable access to information in the university 52 Social interaction is valued at the university SECTION F 53. Overall, please rank your satisfaction level on the performance of software in accounts department in relation to the management of university costs: 1. Extremely Satisfied □ 2. Satisfied □ 3. Neutral □ 4. Dissatisfied □ 5. Extremely Dissatisfied □ Please, recommend on some of the ways cost management can be improved by use of accounting software:________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for your cooperation!

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