Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal (Print ISSN: 1096-3685; Online ISSN: 1528-2635)

Research Article: 2021 Vol: 25 Issue: 1S

Technology Life Cycle and Its Impact on Research & Development Cost & Financial for Industrial Products

Shaymaa Kamil Mwayesh Asadi, Al-Hadba'a University College, Mosul, Iraq

Ali Jumaah Radhi, Imam Ja'afar Al-Sadiq University, Baghdad, Iraq

Jaafar Abdulhussein Hilo Aljabi, Imam Ja'afar Al-Sadiq University, Baghdad, Iraq

Citation Information: Asadi, S.K.M., Radhi, A.J., & Aljabi, J.A.H. (2022). Technology life cycle and its impact on research & development cost & financial for industrial products. Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, 26(5), 1-07.


The Importance of this research is that it studies the effect of the relationship between the technology life cycle and the costs of research and development for the industrial product. The Problem Not knowing the impact of the relationship between the technology life cycle and the costs and Financial of research and development for the industrial product, as well as when those costs are recovered?; The Aim of this research is knowledge the impact of the relationship between the technology life cycle and the costs of research and development for the industrial product. The Hypothesis of this research is the costs of research and development are covered or refunded at the stage of technology ascendancy in relation to its life cycle. The Results of this research is the relationship between the technology life cycle and research and development costs is interrelated. Through research and development costs, we can design and develop an existing or discovered technology.


Technology Life cycle, Financial, Cost of Research & Development, Industrial Products.


In light of the difficult competition between countries and companies in a rapidly changing world, it has become imperative to focus on the research and development sector with the aim of reviewing and revising available designs and technologies, increasing the efficiency of production processes, improving existing products and creating new products in order to confront competitors and follow the continuous changes in the desires of customers Financial.

In addition to the scientific and technical importance of research and development activities, research and development activities from the economic point of view reflect the desire of the state or institution to give up part of its current revenues and profits in order to improve its efficiency and future revenues by employing part of the current revenues of the state or institution in research activities. The future pays off. And Technology is important because it is used in all areas of working life (OECD, 2021). When you reflect on your daily routine and count all the technology tools that you consume in just one day, you will realize how important technology is when you use the phone, watch TV, drive a car, and use a computer or any electrical machine financial cost. In fact, day after day, our dependence on technology increases, whether during communication, transportation, searching for any information, or even entertainment. Technology is defined in two ways: as "the pursuit of life in ways different from life," and as "structured inorganic matter." Technologies struggles to survive evolve and enter life cycles its own, the life cycle is the various stages that a being goes through, from its production to its reproduction. As for technical research and development, it is "technical work that has been developed on a systematic basis to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, society, this stock of knowledge to find new applications." Firms spend their research and development costs in hopes of recouping the costs and getting profits Knows profit the net income after all expenses have been subtracted financial (Holm, 2019).

Literature Review

The Technology Life Cycle: The enterprise architecture is based on business gain with productivity, and the calculation of return through the concept of vital life financial. The technology life cycle is concerned with time, development costs, and the timeline for covering and recovering costs. It is also concerned with the ways in which technology can achieve profits commensurate with the costs and risk involved. The development of competitive production or processes can have a significant impact on the lifetime of a technology, making it shorter (Lin et al., 2021). The (technical life cycle) is associated with the production or technical service differently from the (product life cycle), but both are in agreement with (product life cycle management), and the latter is responsible for the product life in the market through financial commitment and respect for the timing of product introduction, marketing measures and business costs (Phan et al., 2019).

The four Stages of the Technology Life Cycle Tassey (2020):

Research and Development Stage (R&D): Research and Development (R&D), a phrase unheard of in the early 20th century, has since become a global word in industrialized nations. The concept of research is outdated, yet the concept of the relationship between research and development was not generally recognized until the 1950s.

Research and development is the beginning of most industrial production systems, innovations that come out with new products usually have roots in research and have followed a path from an idea in the laboratory to experimental production or prototype and the start of manufacturing to the stage of full production and entering the market (Datar & Rajan et al., 2018).

The basis of any innovation is an invention, and in fact, innovation can be defined as the application of the invention to a large market need, and inventions come from careful, focused and sustainable research and investigation, and frequently trial and error. Research can be fundamental or applied, a distinction created in the first half of the twentieth century (Kennedy, 2019).

Basic research is defined as the work of scientists and others who pursue their research without conscious goals other than their desire to reveal the secrets of the universe. In modern programs of industrial research and development, basic research is not "pure" (sometimes called "pure research"); It is usually directed towards a general goal such as investigating the limits of technology that promises to address specific industry problems, an example of this being research that is conducted on gene splicing or cloning in pharmaceutical companies' laboratories (Kim & Lee, 2015).

Applied research transfers the results of basic research to a point where those results can be exploited to meet a specific need and increases in the research and development stage the necessary steps to bring out a new or modified product or process in commercial production. In Europe, the United States and Japan, the unified concept of research and development has been an integral part of economic planning either by the government or by private industry firms financial Management. And the R&D meaning Generating and experimenting with ideas related to new products, services, or processes. Sometimes called “Edge haemorrhage” when the input is matched by the amount of the output and the result is negative, as the probability of failure is high Figure 1 and Table 1 (Charles et al., 2018).

Figure 1 Show Cycle of Research and Development

Table 1 Show Research and Development Stage Criteria (R&D) Wood, 2019
Item R&D Criteria
1. Basic R&D Originally conducted, a theoretical or experimental R&D to obtain a new knowledge on the observable objects or the natural phenomena, without any purpose of a special application or industrialization
2. Applied R&D R&D initiative to obtain new scientific knowledge mainly with a practical purpose or goal, utilizing the knowledge given by basic R&D.
3. Development R&D A systematic research to substantially improve the products, which are already produced or set, or to produce a new product or equipment by utilizing the knowledge obtained from basic, applied R&D or actual experience.
4. Other Other R&D activities, which do not belong to any of the above categories

1. Ascension Stage: When the costs in kind are recovered, or as they are called (out-of-pocket costs), the technology begins to pool its forces through some excesses of the first stage of the technology's life cycle (sometimes called the "leadership edge") (Ivan et al., 2015).

2. Maturity Stage: When profits are high and stable, the region tends to saturate.

3. The Stage of Decline or (decay): reduce the share and benefits of this technique (Haidar & Khalife, 2019).

Research Methodology

1. Research instrument: The author relied on the descriptive and deductive approach through a group of sources and research papers published in scientific journals related to the subject of the study and on articles, reports and studies published on the Internet, in addition to the author's reliance on descriptive and deductive description Scientific method Analytical approach. Studying the actual reality of data and information with a set of records and financial data of the department and a sample of the study and personal interviews with the relevant officials and adopting the inductive approach to reach the results using the ABC-M-based costing system Activities as a basis for calculating the costs of R&D in additional to standard Quality and then using the Technology Life Cycle Financial.

2. Research model: in this research we use tow linear models; One dependent variable and one independent variables in this model

3. Independent variables: Technology Life Cycle

4. Dependent variable: Cost of R&D

5. Descriptive analysis: The General Company for Electrical and Electronic Industries was established in 1973. It is a joint with Shareholder Company through the merger of several factories of similar activity, such as (the radio and television factory in the Light Industries Company, the Baqer Al-Baqer factory, and the Baqer Montazer factory). The company is still operating to this day Financial.

From Table 2, we note that company has (Two Main Gropes) and several subsidiary activities branch out from it, one of these activities is the production of the sample TV (LED42).

Table 2 Show the General Company for Electrical and Electronic Industries Activities
Item Productises Group Engineering and Projects Group
1. Home appliances production
Solar Heaters
Completion of projects
Technology solutions.
Maintenance and training
Engineering projects
2. Communication devices production
Design and Installation of Communication systems and Networks, including Microwaves
Telephones, Electronic Exchanges, digital Switches and Rural Exchanges
3. Production of parts and components
Production of metal parts, containers and racks.
Production of power and signal converters and coils
Production of plastic parts and containers.
Production of electronic cards (PCB electronic circuits)
4. Capacity and Renewable Energy
Production of UPS
Production of Power Supplies
Production of Solar Heaters and Renewable Energy systems
5. Information Technology
Production of pc, laptops, tablets and (mobiles).
Various control and monitoring systems
Business software and software on demand

Note: Electronic Industries Corporation bulletins 2021.

Through the previous Table 3, we note that the costs of R&D are distributed according to the proportions of the effort expended; In addition, the cost of development is the highest among the costs.

Table 3 Show the Cost of R&D for (Led 42) of 2021; IQD
Item Accounts Cost per Item Basic
10 %
Applied R&D
Development R&D
1 Stationary 36,612 3,661 5,492 21,967 5,492
2 Salaries 1,951,733 195,173 292,760 1,171,040 292,760
3 Energy (Petrol, Material, Electricity) 174,002 17,400 26,100 104,401 26,100
4 Employees Transfer 238,984 2,390 35,848 143,390 35,848
5 Training 695,000 69,500 104,250 417,000 104,250
6 Travelling and Expeditions 350,000 35,000 52,500 210,000 52,500
7 Internal Communications 16,000 1,600 2,400 9,600 2,400
Total Cost of 2021; IQD 3,462,331 324,724 519,350 2,077,398 519,350

Note: Electronic Industries Corporation bulletins 2021.

From the Table 4 above, we notice that the largest cost is the cost of production or processes (394,526,240) IQD with ratio 97%. And the Total Cost for (LED 42) of 2021; IQD (407,203,654).

Table 4 Show Total Costs of the Final Product (Led 42) for 2021; IQD
Item The Stages Total Costs 1Stage to Total Cost Ratio
1 R&D Stage 3,462,331 1%
2 Designing Stage 481,480 0%
3 Production or (Operations) Stage 394,526,240 97%
4 Marketing & Distribution Stage 5,689,661 1%
5 Services beyond selling Stage 3,043,942 1%
Total Cost for (LED 42) of 2021; IQD 407,203,654 100%

Note: Electronic Industries Corporation bulletins 2021.

From the previous Table 5, we note that 500 units were sold during the study period, and during the Ascension period, R&D Costs were covered which reached (3,462,331); as for the period of greatest demand for a product, it is the Maturity stage.

Table 5 Show Units Sold, Cost Per Unit &Total Costs of the Technology Life Cycle
The Stages Number of units Sold During the Stage
2Cost per unit
Total Costs of units Sold
Ascension Stage 1-100 814,407 81,440,731
Maturity Stage 100-300 814,407 244,322,192
Stage of Decline 100-0 814,407 81,440,731
Total Cost of the Technology life Cycle - - 407,203,654

Note: Electronic Industries Corporation bulletins 2021.

Results and Discussion

Descriptive data analysis & findings: For all of the above, we note the huge cost of production or operations compared to the rest of the costs of the product, in additional to that represent (97%) for total cost financial management; and through a meeting with some engineers and technicians working on this product; it became clear that there are unnecessary activities that can be excluded, as follows:

Through the previous Table 6, we note that unnecessary activities were excluded, and thus the cost of the product became as follows:

Table 6 Show Total Costs of Production or (Operations) Stage for Unnecessary Activities that Can be Excluded
Item Activities Add Value Activities Non- Add value Activities The Different
In Cost
Ratio of Reduce in Cost
1 Material 295,200,000 147,600,000 147,600,000 50%
2 Labour &  wages 93,365,032 9,336,503 84,028,529 90%
3 Instruments & machines 810,109 405,055 405,054 50%
4 Stationary 17,383 17,383 0 0
5 Energy & fuel 836,733 836,733 0 0
6 Employees Transportation 2,531,146 1,265,573 1,265,573 50%
7 Travelling and Expedition 1,350,870 675,435 675,435 50%
8 Training and development 333,300 166,650 166,650 50%
9 Internal Communications 81,667 81,667 0 0
Total Cost of Production or (Operations) Stage 394,526,240 160,384,999 234,141,241 59%

Prepared by the researcher based on the company's publications.

From Table 7, we note that unnecessary activities have been excluded, and thus the cost of the product has become (346,125) IQD instead of (814,407) That is, the rate of reduction is 43%.

Table 7 Show Total Costs of the Final Product (Led 42) for 2021; IQD if Omitted Some of the Activities
Item The Stages Total Costs Total Cost if omitted activates Reduced the costs Reduced of Ratio 3Cost per units
1 R&D Stage 3,462,331 3,462,331 3,462,331 0% 6,925
2 Designing Stage 481,480 481,480 481,480 0% 963
3 Production or (Operations) Stage 234,141,241 234,141,241 160,384,999 41% 320,770
4 Marketing & Distribution Stage 5,689,661 5,689,661 5,689,661 0% 11,379
5 Services beyond selling Stage 3,043,942 3,043,942 3,043,942 0% 6,088
Total Cost for (LED 42) of 2021; IQD 407,203,654 246,818,655 173,062,413 43% 346,125

Note: Prepared by the researcher based on the company's publications.


The relationship between the technology life cycle and research and development costs is interrelated. Through research and development costs financial management, we can design and develop an existing or discovered technology. The costs of research and development are covered or refunded at the stage of technology ascendancy in relation to its life cycle. In the event that unnecessary activities are excluded, the cost financial of the product will be reduced by a percentage 43%.


I extend my thanks and gratitude to The General Company for Electrical and Electronic Industries in Iraq and everyone who helped me in preparing this research.

End Notes

1The cost of each stage divided by the total costs for 2021

2Represents the cost of one TV (total cost divided by the number of units produced)

3The cost Divide on 500 ( LED42)


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