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A cost object hierarchy is a hierarchy consisting of cost object nodes.


A cost object hierarchy can be used to analyze target costs, actual costs, and variances in situations where costs are not collected at the level of orders or materials.


A cost object hierarchy consists of cost object nodes to which the following can be assigned:

Material / plant

Material/plant/ production process

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Starting in Release 4.5A you can define a cost object hierarchy for a combination of material and plant, or for a combination of material, plant, and production process.If you were using cost object hierarchies in an earlier release, you were able to define them for the following objects:

Material / plant

Material / plant / production version

Material / plant / run schedule header

If you have already defined a cost object hierarchy for the combination material/plant/production version or for the combination material/plant/run schedule header , then starting in Release 4.5A these are converted into a cost object hierarchy for the combination material/plant/ production process .


This assignment enables product cost collectors, manufacturing orders, and CO orders to be selected that belong to a particular cost object node.

At the level of the cost object hierarchy, price differences can be passed on to stock and from there to Financial Accounting (FI) and Profitability Analysis (CO-PA).

It is also possible to distribute the costs to the assigned orders and settle them from there.

See also:

See the following sections of the documentation Cost Object Controlling :

Cost Object Node

Basic Information on Cost Object Hierarchies

Examples for Cost Object Hierarchies

Settlement Rules for Cost Object Hierarchies

Creation of a Cost Object Hierarchy: Scenario

Creating a Cost Object Hierarchy

Conversion of Cost Object Hierarchies

Special Requirements in Joint Production

See the following sections of the documentation Product Cost Controlling Information System :

Cost Object Hierarchies in the Information System

Collecting Data for a Cost Object Hierarchy

Overview of Cost Object Hierarchies

Displaying/Finding Cost Object Hierarchies