cost centre

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cost centre

a group of machines, a factory department or some other organizational sub-unit of a firm under the control of a manager, for which costs can be ascertained and used for purposes of COST CONTROL. See STANDARD COST, PROFIT CENTRE, REVENUE CENTRE.

cost centre

an organizational subunit of a firm that is given responsibility for minimizing COSTS but has no control over its product pricing and revenues. Cost centres facilitate management control by helping to ascertain a unit's operating costs. See PROFIT CENTRE, INVESTMENT CENTRE.