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Productivity measurement at the factory level

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTARC 2015 Trends in accounting research conference
Subtitle of host publicationWith International PhD Colloquium and Workshop 7-9 th october 2015, Lodz, Poland
Place of PublicationLodz, Poland
PublisherUniversity of Lodz, Poland
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2015
Publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventTRENDS IN ACCOUNTING RESEARCH CONFERENCE with International PhD Colloquium and Workshop - University of Lodz, Poland, Lodz, Poland
Duration: 7 Oct 20159 Oct 2015


ConferenceTRENDS IN ACCOUNTING RESEARCH CONFERENCE with International PhD Colloquium and Workshop


The objective of this study was to develop a new partial productivity measurement method for the case company. The scope of this study was limited to factory-level productivity measurement.
Material costs and value of inventory were excluded from themeasurement. Labor productivity and capital productivity are the focus of the new method. The case company uses a make-to-order production approach, and it belongs to the mechanical engineering sector, as so many other companies in Finland do.
The developed model includes two main components: ROA and the capacity model. The Gold’s model and the American Productivity and Quality Center model (APQC model) have had the greatestinfluences on the structure of presented model. The model has been tested with data covering the last four years.
Strictly interpreted, the final result describes the impact of the combined effect of productivity changes and input price changes. The company representatives argued that it is crucial for them to know whether the efficiency of operations will increase, at least in such a way that it will at least cover inflation.
Realized productivity development was a pleasant surprise for the steering group. The fear that the intake of total assets would have decreased productivity proved to be wrong. The level of productivity changed nearly every month. One of the main driving forces behind the change is capacity.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland