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the decision by a firm on whether to make a component or product itself or to buy it from an external supplier (see OUTSOURCING). The decision will depend upon the combined production costs and TRANSACTION COSTS of the alternatives. Sometimes a firm may adopt mixes of the two policies, producing some quantity of the product itself and buying the remainder, depending upon the relative costs of the sources and security of supply considerations. See TRANSACTION for a more detailed discussion. See INTERNALIZATION, VERTICAL INTEGRATION.
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Jesus, no matter how busy he was, no matter how many demands were placed upon him, always made time to talk with God, even when he had to get up before sunrise to do it.
But throughout a long and varied career shaped by administrative as well as artistic responsibilities, Melchert has always made time for drawing of one kind or another.
But Ryder is almost a year old now, and the new mom made time to host an apres-ski bash for Ralph Lauren's new Aspen, Colo.
issue provoked many readers to write, and the staff is delighted that you read the articles and made time to communicate your concerns.
Jeff was an individual of remarkable character who always made time to help students as a mentor, advisor, and friend.
made time and space for a true offering of petitions from the people in the pew.
That morning, before the game, he made time to stop in at the Hardee's down the street.
After Einstein had made time into a geometrical dimension, he proceeded to make gravitational forces identical with a geometric quality, the curvature of space.