The Queensland sugar industry : the nature of and factors contributing towards its development since the 1960 season

Craigie, John M. (1984). The Queensland sugar industry : the nature of and factors contributing towards its development since the 1960 season Master's Thesis, School of Business, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Craigie, John M.
Thesis Title The Queensland sugar industry : the nature of and factors contributing towards its development since the 1960 season
School, Centre or Institute School of Business
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1984
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 230
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract This study investigates the growth in the productive capacity of the Queensland sugar industry since 1960 season. In investigating that growth it was found that the number of independent enterprises engaged within the industry has been declining, despite a continued growth in production. That decline was not seen to be attributed growth in production. That decline was not seen to be attributed to competition between enterprises, since the legislative framework within which the industry operates was designed to eliminate competition on price and market basis. Legislative barriers to entry restricted the entry of new enterprises into the industry and were seen as a factor in promoting some consolidation of existing enterprises. However, fundamental changes within the operating environment was seen as the major factor in explaining the decline of independent enterprises.

The growth in the productive capacity of the industry was seen as one means by which enterprises could adapt to fundamental changes; the other, through the acquisition of existing enterprises. Those enterprises unable to adapt left the industry. The pursuit of benefits from economics of scale was considered the underlying driving force for successive increases in the scale of operations. The nature of economics of scale, the sources of expected benefits, factors contributing towards the extent to which potential benefits could be achieved and to their realization were identified and investigated.


Keyword Sugarcane industry -- Queensland.

 
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