Cutting Costs
Successful Strategies for Improving Productivity
by Fred H. Neu
February 2013, 239pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2923-9
$53, £40, 46€, A72
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-2924-6
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In order for a business to succeed, it must be profitable. In today’s extremely competitive markets and economic conditions, every business manager or owner must know how to boost profits by effectively cutting costs, improving productivity, and becoming more lean—without detriment to employee morale.

Addressing a topic of critical importance to every business, this book provides managers at all levels the tools to conduct a successful cost-cutting and productivity-improvement program.

Cost cutting and improving productivity are objectives that have always been—and continue to be—critically important to businesses. Today, being efficient isn’t simply “best practice;” it’s essential to preventing layoffs and facility closures. In Cutting Costs: Successful Strategies for Improving Productivity, a certified management consultant with nearly four decades of experience presents his highly relevant and extensive knowledge to help businesses make significant improvements and be more successful.

Providing a practical progression of information that is simple to understand and easy to put to use and benefit from, Fred H. Neu’s advice and insights will be invaluable to all business owners, managers with budget responsibility, business finance and accounting professionals, management consultants, business school instructors, and business school students.


  • Presents many topics applicable to all businesses, both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing
  • Describes examples of successful cost-cutting and productivity-improvement projects written by the consultants and managers who implemented them
  • Explains how to measure results of a cost-cutting and productivity-improvement program and reward positive efforts
Fred H. Neu is a certified management consultant with over 35 years experience in consulting and executive management, having worked on numerous projects in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Europe helping clients be more successful. Neu was manager of the cost-reduction/productivity-improvement practice for a major international CPA and consulting firm, has been vice president of finance for a private university (as a consultant), and acted as vice president of distribution for an industry-leading manufacturing company. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


"Mr. Neu's concepts and advice have saved my companies tremendous amounts of money over the years. This is an absolute must book for everyone with management responsibility"—Paul D. Chapman, CEO, National Rehab Corporation

"An experienced based comprehensive and practical guide for achieving success in an area of enterprise management which is often misunderstood and therefore mishandled."—Bradley C. Call, Former Chairman, CEO, and Board Member of several public and privately owned manufacturing and service businesses in aerospace, durable medical equipment and health care businesses

“Contains valuable information that’s easy to understand and to put to use.”—Mark Fletcher, President, Surgical Technologies, Medtronic, Inc

“A clear and direct guide to find and eliminate excess costs. The most comprehensive approach I have seen. This should be required reading for every manager.” —Donald J. King, SVP, CFO, Master Halco, Inc.
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