Research survey shows strength of shared services approach
- Enter the think-tank. Johnston, David // Professional Engineering;8/15/2001, Vol. 14 Issue 15, p29
Features a business management approach in England. Capability of creative problem-solving techniques to reduce maintenance cost; Deficiencies of the detailed analysis; Advantages of the approach. INSET: Follow the rules to reap success..
- Be careful with the yardstick. Levetto, Mario // Industrial Management;Mar/Apr94, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p23
Focuses on the problems in the use of yardstick parameters in measuring a particular characteristic or cost. Usefulness of the ratio of indirect workers; Effect of work methods improvement on the cost of a product measured in hours; Measurement of productivity.
- Cost curves: Let the buyer beware. Rowland, Jim // Pulp & Paper;Dec97, Vol. 71 Issue 12, p134
Opinion. Presents the author's view on the management tool used in the pulp and paper industry which is the product-line cost curve. Information about a variety of end users for cost curves; Role played by cost curves in making investment decisions; Inherent weaknesses of cost curves.
- Agents need new image. // Farmers Weekly;10/12/2007, Vol. 147 Issue 15, p61
The author emphasizes the need for land agents in Great Britain to transform their image and improve their service to clients. A client must be offered a more cost effective service, says the author. Agents, according to the author, must take the role of a genuine business management consultants...
- How to calculate the costs of running your practice. Freeman, L. Neal // Ophthalmology Times;05/15/2000, Vol. 25 Issue 10, p30
Offers ways on how to calculate and deal with the costs in running a successful business. Ways of analyzing costs; Categorization of costs; Cost-volume profit.
- Measures of efficiency. Carpenter, Dave // Materials Management in Health Care;Apr2008, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p20
The article discusses the efficiency of lean management program of Baptist St. Anthony's Health System (BSA) in Amarillo, Texas. Roland Plude, director of materials management, notes that with the management program, all he has to do is to look at all the doctors hanging around the materials...
- The quality process: Little things mean a lot. Townsend, Patrick L.; Gebhardt, Joan E. // Review of Business;Winter90/91, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p3
Focuses on the importance of incremental changes that affect the quality process on cost effectiveness and competitive position of a company. Features of the scheme at Toyota; Features of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award; Definition of terms in the quality process.
- Energizing People. Katzenbach, Jon; Bromfield, Paul // Leadership Excellence Essentials;Jul2008, Vol. 25 Issue 7, p5
The authors discuss the different motivational strategies of leaders. They explain that when a company is implementing cost-cutting efforts, employees need motivation to support decisions and to commit to behavioral change for cost reduction. They state that successful cost-cutting motivators...
- Preparing for a downturn in the economy. Polyack, Jolene // Business Journal Serving Fresno & the Central San Joaquin Valley;1/6/2006, Issue 323501, p4
The article advises business owners on how to sell and manage during a slow economy. Owners could effectively double their company's exposure by increasing investments in advertising and promotion. In addition, business owners must avoid radical cost-slashing, cutting prices and reducing...