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NEW: HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ARTICLE

By Bloom, Sadun and Van Reenen. For full article, click the link below.

In MBA programs, students are taught that companies can’t expect to compete on the basis of internal managerial competencies because they’re just too easy to copy. Operational effectiveness—doing the same thing as other companies but doing it exceptionally well—is not a path to sustainable advantage in the competitive universe. To stay ahead, the thinking goes, a company must stake out a distinctive strategic position—doing something different than its rivals. This is what the C-suite should focus on, leaving middle and lower-level managers to handle the nuts and bolts of managing the organization and executing plans.

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The 4th EMPIRICAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE was held on December 7-8, 2017 at the World Bank HQ in DC.

This year our program included applied and empirical research papers in both the private and the social sector, including education and health, covering a range of topics in this area. It was a great event – if you did not have the chance to join us, the videos of the presentations will be available on the World Bank’s EMC page over the next few weeks.

For more details, see the conference page here.

Bank of England argues management is a driver of low UK productivity

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