profit motive

profit motive

the objective of a FIRM to ensure that revenue exceeds costs. The term is usually associated with the FIRM OBJECTIVE of PROFIT MAXIMIZATION, but a profit motive would still exist where only satisfactory profits were aimed for. See also PROFIT, SATISFICING THEORY.
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There are various cases related to Amway distributorships, and in almost all of them, a profit motive was found to be lacking.
THE profit motive is the key factor driving interest in sustainable buildings, according to the latest Global Property Sustainability Survey released by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
MORE than 100 North health workers are to march in London this weekend to send a message to the Government that big business and the profit motive have no place in the NHS.
Selecting examples from "two millennia of economic history," he seeks to demonstrate that the governing convictions allegedly shared by the Founding Fathers and Ronald Reagan, fear of taxation and regulation, are the proper convictions for unleashing the profit motive and for gathering government revenues that can be used to invest in education and technology.
She fails to oppose them on the grounds that they are not in the education business, nor have an education ethos, but a profit motive.
With Thatcher-like gusto they want all areas of economic and social life subjected to the profit motive.
The profit motive can move even the profoundly stupid.
In many ways, the expense and environmental risks of disposal are driving the increased electronics recycling activity rather than a pure profit motive.
House of Blues has a personal motivation the profit motive for pursuing this fight.
Allowing the profit motive to exist in our health-care system is the real travesty.
Besides, they say, the preaching of values like freedom and democracy is mostly irrelevant when it comes into conflict with the profit motive.
Environmental Liability Risk Transfer is a viable alternative for a very important reason; the entities engaged in the business have a profit motive and therefore, remediation of the property at the lowest possible cost and in the shortest possible time is imperative - or they don't make money.