output divided by a single input factor. Factors of production may include direct materials, direct labor, overhead, or capital (for example, use of machinery instead of direct labor). A partial productivity measure comparing results over time determines whether the actual relationship between inputs and outputs has improved or deteriorated. A disadvantage of a partial productivity measure is that it relates output to a single factor of production and, therefore, fails to consider tradeoffs among input factors.
Dictionary of Accounting Terms for: partial productivity