TITLE

SOME COMMENTS ON THE THEORY OF INERT AREAS AND THE DEFINITION OF X-EFFICIENCY

AUTHOR(S)
Blois, K. J.
PUB. DATE
November 1974
SOURCE
Quarterly Journal of Economics;Nov74, Vol. 88 Issue 4, p681
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper discusses concepts set out in by Harvey Leibenstein's Theory of Inert. The theory is developed around the utility-effort index relation. The inert area is defined as a set of effort positions whose associated levels of utility are not equal but in which the action required to go from a lower to a higher utility level involves a utility cost that is not compensated for by the gain in utility. The question that arises when an inert area of the form is examined is why a person at effort would not move to any point outside the inert area and, in particular, to the point which gives maximum total utility. Leibenstein uses the concept of the combined inert area to explain such problems of achieving change within an organization in such cases.
ACCESSION #
4624667

 

Related Articles

  • CASE STUDY.  // Industrial Management;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p24 

    Presents a case study regarding the creation of a current-state capacity map to shorten the order lead-time of a company in a slightly growing market. Involvement of understanding the realistic demand in developing the working capacity maps; Concept of working maps; Specification of a to-be...

  • Productive and economic growth. McNicoll, I. H.; Robertson, I. // Management Services;Aug1980, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p27 

    There is widespread agreement among the management services profession that improvements in productivity in British industry are of paramount importance. There has, however, been little discussion in the profession on merits or demerits which might arise from such productivity gains, although it...

  • HOW TO MAINTAIN THE PRODUCTION LEVEL IN THE TIMES OF ECONOMIC CRISIS. Ivanković, Rade // Zbornik Radova Ekonomskog Fakulteta u Istocnom Sarajevu;2010, Issue 4, p45 

    The paper is concerned with the changes that companies should make for the sake of their market survival in the conditions of economic crisis. The objective of the paper is undertaking measures aimed at increase of work productivity and production quality taking into account decreasing demand....

  • Just in Time - performance link: The moderating role of demand variability. Bortolotti, Thomas; Danese, Pamela; Romano, Pietro // International Proceedings of Economics Development & Research;2011, Vol. 25, p91 

    Just-in-time (JIT) is a very useful methodology to improve operational performance. However, researchers argue that this methodology could be applied in contexts characterized by a stable customer demand. This paper aims at investigating the role of demand variability in the impact of JIT on...

  • IMPROVEMENT OF CONCENTRATED FEED CONVEYER OPERATION EFFICIENCY. Salins, Ansis; Aboltins, Aivars; Freimanis, Maris // Engineering for Rural Development - International Scientific Con;2013, p208 

    The paper deals with the research in concentrated feed conveyer productivity based on the constructive solutions of the conveyer. The research is performed in a laboratory using a spiral conveyer based for cow feeding and made by the DeLaval, Inc. For the purpose of this experimental research...

  • HARVEY LEIBENSTEIN AS A PIONEER OF OUR TIME. Dean, James W.; Perlman, Mark // Economic Journal;Jan98, Vol. 108 Issue 446, p132 

    The article focuses on the contributions of Harvey Leibenstein to the field of economics. Leibenstein's productive career in economics started when he was still a graduate student. He wrote and published literature on the theory of demand and developed a research program for experimental...

  • WANTS AND ACTIVITIES IN MARSHALL. Parsons, Talcott // Quarterly Journal of Economics;Nov31, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p101 

    The article examines the works of orthodox economist Alfred Marshall in the field of economics. The thesis that Marshall's economic work consists of mainly of two major strains of thought is maintained in the analysis. The two starting points of the economic theory propounded by Marshall lie in...

  • Worker Motivation and X-Efficiency Theory: Reply. Tomer, John // Journal of Economic Issues (Association for Evolutionary Economi;Sep82, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p869 

    The basic tenor of the author's article, though critical of Harvey Leibenstein's X-Efficiency (XE) theory, was only critical in the sense of pointing to shortcomings that his proposed modifications and extensions were designed to eliminate. Leibenstein has had the opportunity to read his paper...

  • Las motivaciones transitivas y la naturaleza ética de los procesos productivos. Muñoz, Ignacio Ferrero; Cuadrado, Reyes Calderón // Empresa y Humanismo;2012, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p59 

    Most studies on business ethics have considered production as a process eminently technical and, therefore, exempt of ethics. In this article, through the analysis of three essential features of production, i.e. utility, compartmentalization, and independent external end-point, we examine how...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics