- Consulting Editors
- Managerial Economics Introduction and Overview
- Managerial Economics Present And Future
- Market Power How Does it Arise? How is it Measured?
- Advances in Cost Frontier Analysis of the Firm
- Supply Chain Design for Managing Disruptive Risks
- Combinatorial Auctions
- Game and Information Theory in Modern Managerial Economics
- Issues in the Analysis of Time, Risk, and Uncertainty
- Behavioral Economics and Strategic Decision Making
- Advances in Pricing Strategies and Tactics
- Product Distribution and Promotion An Analytical Marketing Perspective
- Market Imperfections and Sustainable Competitive Advantage
- The New Managerial Economics of Firm Growth The Role of Intangible Assets and Capabilities
- Strategies for Network Industries
- Internalization Theory as the General Theory of International Strategic Management Past, Present and Future
- Competitive Strategy in the Nonprofit Sector
- Organizational Design and Firm Performance
- Design and Implementation of Pay for Performance
- Vertical Merger
- The Evolving Modern Theory of the Firm
- Financing the Business Firm
- Corporate Governance and Firm Performance
- Managing Workplace Safety and Health
- Merger Strategies And Antitrust Concerns
- On the Profitability of Corporate Environmentalism
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
We study various analytical frameworks relating productivity change to change in the cost structure and cost efficiency of the firm. We begin by motivating a focus on the cost side, and not the revenue side, of the profit objective of the firm. We continue by relating the cost accounting tool of standard cost variance analysis to the economics tool of cost efficiency analysis. We focus on managerially controllable drivers of cost efficiency, including productivity change and its components. We conclude by noting some significant empirical applications of the analysis, by recommending cost efficiency analysis as a valuable tool for benchmarking against the best, and by suggesting some new directions for research.
C.A. Knox Lovell is an Honorary Professor at the Center for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland.
Emili Grifell-Tatje is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Business in the University Autónoma of Barcelona.
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