The role of management practices in closing the productivity gap

Siebers, Peer-Olaf, Aickelin, Uwe, Battisti, Giuliana, Helen, Celia, Clegg, Chris, Fu, Xiaolan, Hoyos, Raphael De, Iona, Alfonsiana, Petrescu, Alina and Peixoto, Adriano (2008) The role of management practices in closing the productivity gap. Discussion Paper. Advanced Institute of Management Research, London.

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There is no doubt that management practices are linked to the productivity and performance of a company. However, research findings are mixed. This paper provides a multi-disciplinary review of the current evidence of such a relationship and offers suggestions for further exploration. We provide an extensive review of the literature in terms of research findings from studies that have been trying to measure and understand the impact that individual management practices and clusters of management

practices have on productivity at different levels of analysis. We focus our review on Operations

Management (OM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) practices as well as joint applications of

these practices. In conclusion, we can say that taken as a whole, the research findings are equivocal. Some

studies have found a positive relationship between the adoption of management practices and

productivity, some negative and some no association whatsoever. We believe that the lack of universal

consensus on the effect of the adoption of complementary management practices might be driven either

by measurement issues or by the level of analysis. Consequently, there is a need for further research. In

particular, for a multi-level approach from the lowest possible level of aggregation up to the firm-level of

analysis in order to assess the impact of management practices upon the productivity of firms.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: AIM Working Paper Series Number 065
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
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Depositing User: Aickelin, Professor Uwe
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2008 15:47
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:27

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