Variable costs and process design: critical issues for “restructuring” emerging and transition economies

John C. Groth (John C. Groth is Professor of Finance, College of Business Administration, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA.)
Steven S. Byers (Steven S. Byers is Assistant Professor of Finance, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA.)
Garland D. Simmons (Garland D. Simmons is Assistant Professor of Finance, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA.)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Focuses on critical issues related to variable cost drivers essential in establishing criteria or parameters to consider in the modification and/or design of production facilities. Key concepts and relationships influence the choice of alternative technologies and methods in the design, upgrading, modification, or expansion of manufacturing and process facilities. Cost relationships are important in evaluating whether to retain an existing facility or, alternatively, scrap the assets and “start over”. For brevity, focus is restriced to decisions concerning overhaul, modification, upgrade, expansion, abandonment, and fresh investment as “design”.



Groth, J., Byers, S. and Simmons, G. (2000), "Variable costs and process design: critical issues for “restructuring” emerging and transition economies", European Business Review, Vol. 12 No. 6, pp. 344-355.

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