The comparison of what is actually produced or performed with what can be achieved with the same consumption of resources (money, time, labor, etc.). It is an important factor in determination of productivity. See also effectiveness.

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  • The designers needed to revise the product specifications as the complexity of its parts reduced the efficiency of the manufacturing process

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  • Their efficiency on the assembly line was so great that the company was able to produce many more items than its competitors.

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  • The efficiency of the production of cars was greatly improved by Ford and his development of the assembly line, in which each worker performed a specific operation and then sent the car to the next worker.

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