Research Output

The learning curve: from aircraft to spacecraft?

  Explains, for students, the learning effect which leads to the learning curve and lists the economic sectors where it is especially important, e.g. aerospace, construction, etc. Gives examples to show how the curve can be used to predict time for production; and how this affects budgeting and control and competitive tendering. Identifies some additional factors which should be taken into account for these calculations and believes that these ideas will be more widely used in the future.

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  • Date:

    30 April 1999

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  • Publisher

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

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  • Library of Congress:

    HF5601 Accounting

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    657 Accounting


Steven, G. (1999). The learning curve: from aircraft to spacecraft?. Financial Management -London-. 77, 64-65. ISSN 1471-9185



Budgeting; cost accounting; learning curves; tendering;

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