Over the years, the WMS initiative has received wide coverage in international media including the BBC, Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Newsweek, and Washington Post.


17 May 2017, Vox EU: Adding a piece to the productivity puzzle: Management practices

9 May 2017, Bloomberg Quint: Good mangers, not machines, drive productivity growth

7 May 2017, 10 questions to operationalizing compliance

19 April 2017, Harvard Business Review: Good management predicts a firm’s success better than IT, R&D, or even employee skills

18 April 2017, MIT Sloan Management Review: The importance of structured management practices

18 April 2017, Harvard Business Review: Reclaim your commute

12 April 2017, Bloomberg View: Here’s one more thing to blame on senior management

11 April 2017, Handelszeitung: Fähige Manager bringen Firmen vorwärts: Das ist der Beweis (Capable Manager advance companies: this is proof)

06 April 2017, BBC Radio 4 – In business: John Van Reenen is interviewed about French producvitity

05 April 2017, Chartered Management Institute: British productivity grows, but more needs to be done

30 March 2017, The Sydney Morning Herald: ‘It’s scary’ – why rungs are disappearing on the wage ladder

23 March 2017, Financial Times: Marginal gains matter but gamechangers transform

22 March 2017, Financial Times: David Brent and Basil Fawlty personify Britain’s hapless managers

13 March 2017, European Central Bank: Moving to the Frontier: Promoting the Diffusion of Innovation (Welcome address by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, at the joint conference by the ECB and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy “Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Euro area”)


18 December 2015, Center for American Progress, Helping firms by helping employees? Work-life Balance in America

04 December 2015, Chartered Management Institute, The Economist agrees: the accidental manager’s time is up

03 December 2015, Yahoo Finance, Dans l’industrie, les patrons français moins bons que les patrons allemands

28 November 2015, The Economist, End of the accidental boss

11 November 2015, The Financial Times, Beware the Ozymandias syndrome

05 November 2015, The Wall Street Journal, What is driving inequality: CEO pay or company success?

02 November 2015, Evening Standard, Rohan Silva: As arts’ old guard departs, young turks are great hope for London

06 October 2015, Director, Why flexible working is smart working

06 August 2015, Bloomberg, Diebold’s New Executive Suite

29 May 2015, The Washington Post, Economists have figured out who’s really to blame for exploding income inequality

01 March 2015, Estadão, A Belíndia empresarial brasileira

28 February 2015, The Economist, Brazil’s business Belindia

16 February 2015, The New York Times, In hospitals, board rooms are as important as operating rooms

30 January 2015, Onmedica, Competition among hospitals boosts performance

29 January 2015, The Independent, Daily catch-up: Winter crisis for the NHS – Miliband and Burnham don’t know how to fix it

29 January 2015, Financial Times, Free Lunch: Competition may save your life

29 January 2015, Western Morning News, Labour voters’ NHS satisfaction levels rise

27 January 2015, Medical Daily, Employees’ job satisfaction improved and productivity increased by 13% when working at home

27 January 2015, CBS San Francisco Local News, Stanford Researchers Find Telecommuters More Productive, But Workers At Home May Be More Lonely

27 January 2015,, Telecommuting is killing the snow day

23 January 2015, Harvard Business Review, A working from home experiment shows high performers like it better

18 January 2015, Financial Times, X factor leadership – do company bosses add value?

09 January 2015, The Times, Calling time on meetings could free executives to do the business

07 January 2015, Obserwator finansowy, We don’t need no (management) education?


24 October 2013, The Agenda, Why we need stronger parties

13 October 2013, The Sydney Morning Herald, Telecommuting has missed the bus

11 October 2013, Irish Times, Better management at helm is key to growth

11 September 2013, Business Spectator, A non-family CEO: invader or savior?

22 July 2013, Brasil Económico, Empresas também precisam de um choque de gestão

02 July 2013, Económico, Choque de Gestão

23 May 2013, Irish Independent, We will lag behind until education matches industry needs

15 May 2013,, What Marissa Mayer doesn’t (and does) get about white-collar work

14 May 2013, Financial Times, Chinese lessons for Yahoo’s boss

05 May 2013, Financial Times, What is the best way of innovating for social change?

01 April 2013, The Times, Scientific and productive proof about ‘shirking from home’

18 March 2013, The New Yorker, Face time

14 March 2013, Businessweek, Yahoo work-at-home edict squanders benefits

06 March 2013, Bloomberg, Employees belong in cities, not just in cubicles

26 February2013, The Wall Street Journal, The home office in the spotlight

30 January 2013, The Agenda, The power of good management

11 January 2013, The Wall Street Journal, In defence of the CEO

08 January 2013, The Financial Times, American industry is on the move


01 December 2011, The Daily Telegraph, Family-run firms are Britain’s weak economic link, Family-run firms ‘holding back Britain’s economy’

17 November 2011, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, What role does information technology have in promoting a decentralized organization?

15 November 2011, The Daily Telegraph, NHS reform: ignore ideology and look at the evidence

13 October 2011, The Daily Telegraph, More NHS competition ‘would cut death rate’

07 October 2011, Huffington Post,

05 October 2011, The Economist, The Doctors versus Dave – Round Two

01 October 2011, The Economist, Honey, we shrunk the hospitals

29 September 2011, Health Service Journal, Healthcare without competition is financially unsustainable

13 August 2011, The Economist, American idiocracy

04 August 2011, Business Standard, Management as capital

03 August 2011, Financial Express, India’s manufacturing muddle

28 July 2011, Unlimited Magazine, Why NZ needs to lift management’s game

27 July 2011, Scoop Independent News, Fresh ideas for a productive economy

26 July 2011, Canberra Times, Family-run not wise way to go in business

24 July 2011, The Guardian, When you run a multinational like News Corp as a family fiefdom, expect to run into trouble

12 July 2011, The Christian Science Monitor, Can US management stay ahead of China, India?

11 July 2011, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The MBA Advantage

08 July 2011, Chief Executive, Why are American managers the best in the world?

29 June 2011, National Review Online, A Follow-up on Ramesh’s Union Column

26 June 2011, The Mail, Gadfly

24 June 2011, The Guardian, Competition really does improve the NHS

15 June 2011, Management Process, Management Techniques to Improve Productivity

14 June 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek, Why American Management Rules the World

13 June 2011, Harvard Business Review, Why American Management Rules the World

10 June 2011, Daily Mirror, Why a return to British industrial might is key to growth

25 May 2011, The Financial Times, A much maligned reform of hospitals is working

17 May 2011, Technorati, Are Brits Really the Worst Bosses in the World?

16 May 2011, The New Yorker, Innovative consumption

14 April 2011, Forbes, Are Family-Friendly Workplace Practices Worth Their Money? New Evidence

12 April 2011, El Economista, Un experimento

05 April 2011, Ukeavisen Ledelse, Ledelse har effekt

01 April 2011, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Business School Panelists Examine Health Care Flaws

25 March 2011, Harvard Business Review, Family firms need professional management

22 March 2011, Codestone, ERP software ‘can help workers to become more self-sufficient’

18 March 2011, Strategy & Business, How Information and Communication Technologies Affect Decision Making

17 March 2011, (Handelsblatt), Experimente in Indien: Was modernes Management bringt

10 March 2011, Business Life, Does Good Management Matter?

16 February 2011, med-kolleg Medizin Machrichten, Wirtschaftlich erfolgreiche Krankenhäuser bieten die bessere Patientenversorgung / Neue McKinsey – Studie “Management in Healthcare”: Wirtschaftlichkeit kein Widerspruch zu guter Versorgung

07 February 2011, IndUS Business Journal, Stanford study uses India to examine productivity

07 February 2011, National Review Online, Jim Manzi on Teacher Evaluations

28 January 2011, Management Issues, Battle hymn of the tiger manager?

21 January 2011, The Financial Times, Welcome to boss-onomics

05 January 2011, BBC Business Daily, And we ask where are the best managed hospitals?

04 January 2011, Ukeavisen-Ledelse, Sykehusledelse-påvirker kvaliteten


01 November 2009, Livemint – The Wall Street Journal, Managers and markets

24 September 2009, The Economist, The pedagogy of the privileged

27 March 2009, Republica, Uomini e senza laurea dirigenti made in Italy

02 March 2009, The Irish Times, Investment in management practice is key to recovery


01 December 2007, European Venture Capital &Private Equity Journal, PE Top of Class for Management: research reveals private equity firms set a good example when it comes to best management practices

26 November 2007, Business Week, Time is money – Now see how much

17 November 2007, The New York Times, The M.B.A. under attack

13 November 2007, The Economist, What witch doctors?

12 November 2007, The Irish Times, Best Practice

01 November 2007, The Financial Times, Economists’ rule change puts US on top of the world

21 June 2007, The New York Times, How the U.S. Has Kept the Productivity Playing Field Tilted to Its Advantage

08 October 2007,, Productivity is the way forward for Irish economy

18 September 2007, The New York Times, Handing off the family business

27 August 2007, The American, The decline and fall of declinism

25 August 2007, The Bolton News, Managers’ training is vital says study

21 August 2007, La Vocel, Il gap manageriale del vecchio continente

20 August, 2007, Personnel Today, What can human resources expect from Gordon Brown as Prime Minister

17 August 2007, The Financial TImes – Adviser, Continental Divide: US and Europe

02 August 2007,, We have to stop meeting like this

28 July 2007, Kathimerini, Κακοδιοικούμενη μία στις πέντε επιχειρήσεις στην Ελλάδα

25 July 2007, Taipei Times, Nurturing your own ideas is key to productivity

23 July 2007, Handelsblatt, Familienunternehmen – der entzauberte Mythos

22 July 2007, The Observer, Want to be productive? Grow your own ideas

17 July 2007, Handelsblatt, US-Unternehmen managen am besten

16 July 2007, Handelsblatt, Zufriedene Mitarbeiter sind produktiver

16 July 2007, Diario Economico, Gestores nacionais entre os piores

13 July 2007, Finfacts, UUS firms are on average the best managed followed by Swedish, Japanese and German firms; Greek and Indian firms are the worst

13 July 2007, The Economic Times (India Times), Desi MNC mfrs next only to US

13 July 2007, CIO Insight, India Rates Best, Worst in Management Study

13 July 2007, Baseline, India Rates Best, Worst in Management Study

12 July 2007, The Daily Telegraph, UK’ good at IT despite poorly-managed firms

12 July 2007, The Financial Times, Multinational managers in India rival US for a skill

11 July 2007, The Financial Times –  India, Bright young things take multinational path

11 July 2007, The Financial Times, Owners-layabouts

09 July 2007, Exduco, How productivity benefits from competition

3 July 2007, The Wall Street Journal, Risk-loving Americans counter U.S.’s foreign debt

26 June 2007, Hemscott Analyst, UK productivity lags behind France, Germany, US

26 June 2007,, Lack of innovation is causing UK productivity gap

26 June 2007, The Guardian, Britain narrows productivity gap

25 June 2007, The Financial Times, UK productivity still trails competitors

25 June 2007, In The News, Call for UK productivity improvement

21 June 2007, The New York Times, How has the US kept the productivity playing field to its advantage

06 June 2007, Handelsblatt, Produktivität: Der Chef ist schuld

17 May 2007, The Economist, Use IT or Lose it

03 April 2007, Birmingham Post, A workplace strategy focused on people

21 March 2007, The Financial Times, Race to close productivity gap

06 March 2007, Computer Weekly, Productivity – why can’t the UK keep up?

01 March 2007, Online Recruitment, – benefits of mobile/flexible working will emerge in practice

01 February 2007, The Economist, A lost opportunity

25 January 2007, Gulf News, Successful business needs more than family


29 November 2005, The Times, So much to learn from continental neighbours

31 October 2005, Newsweek, Why bad managers do matter

25 October 2005, The Times, UK’s output lags in retail and financial services

17 October 2005, The Independent, UK tax system turns off investors, report says

14 October 2005, The Register, US firms get more for their IT bucks

12 October 2005, IT, IT’s business value endorsed

10 October 2005, The Financial Times, It’s the way you do IT

06 October 2005, The Financial Times, Use of technology key to higher productivity

06 October 2005, IT, US firms make better use of IT

31 October 2005, Newsweek, Why bad managers do matter

15 September 2005, The Financial Times, Time to pay attention to management succession

13 September 2005, The Guardian, British productivity still lagging behind output of American and French workers

08 September 2005, The Independent, David Brent-style managers ‘Have widened UK productivity gap with US’

26 June 2005, The Observer, The age of the Euro customer

23 June 2005, The Times, Good Week…

16 June 2005, Birmingham Post, Manufacturing: UK bosses are worst in Europe says study

15 June 2005, AFX International Focus, UK manufacturing firms held back by poor management – study

09 June 2005, The Economist, A question of management



25 August 2016, The Economist, After freedom, what?

22 August 2016, Bloomberg, The age of the neverending performance review

21 August 2016, The Wall Street Journal, At Kimberly-Clark, ‘Dead Wood’ Workers Have Nowhere to Hide

11 April 2016, CNBC, Just how important is a good boss?


07 December 2014, Vox, We don’t need no (management) education?

12 November 2014, Le Monde, Les entreprises françaises sont peu compétitives parce que mal gérées

01 November 2014, Businessuiteonline, Are Family CEOs Less or More Productive?

25 October 2014, The Washington Post, A company that profits as it pampers workers

22 October 2014, Portland Business Journal, We’re more productive and Happier working from home, so should we do it more often?

16 October 2014, Small Business, Small business and flexibility: friend or foe?

16 October 2014, Dinero en imagen, El futuro de los ejecutivos ante el ascenso de las máquinas

30 September 2014, Live Mint, Management Idea: Family CEOs Work Fewer Hours than Professionals

27 September 2014, The New York Times, Looking at Productivity as a State of Mind

26 September 2014,, Exzellenz in der Wirtschaftsforschung: EIB-Preis an John Van Reenen und Nicholas Bloom für herausragende angewandte Forschung im Bereich Innovation, Management und Wettbewerb

22 September 2014, US Chamber Foundation, Don’t Send Dilbert to India

19 September 2014, The Financial Times, Pay Pressure

12 September 2014, Handelsblatt, Report von McKinsey: Zehn Management-Trends für die nächsten 50 Jahre

10 September 2014, Business 24, Provocarea viitorului: Cum arata portretul robot al managerului de peste 50 de ani

06 September 2014, The Economist, Schumpeter: Over the horizon

04 September 2014, The Economist, The internship: Generation i

26 July 2014, The Independent, If Hadza nomads get by on 14 hours’ work a week, why can’t we?

25 July 2014, Quartz,  How to run a team of people who never see each other

06 June 2014, The Financial Times, Why homeworking is bad for your career

03 June 2014, Corriere della Sera, Il giorno-tipo del capoazienda? Passato a preparare riunioni

29 May 2014, The White House Blog, Leading Academics Discuss Changes in Family Life and Implications for 21st Century Workplaces

29 May 2014, Forbes, 7 Things To Do If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

22 May 2014, Forbes, It’s not teacher quality or class size, it’s leadership that makes schools successful

20 May 2014, The Guardian, Why school management matters even more than we thought

20 May 2014, LSE USA Politics and Policy Blog, Firms with more structured management practices are more productive, innovative and have faster employment growth

08 May 2014, Philippine Daily, To professionalize or not?

19 April 2014, The Economist, Brazil’s economy: The 50-year snooze

01 April 2014, US News, When Superstar Executives Become a Company Liability

16 March 2014, The Independent, Bankers don’t deserve their bonuses. They should be taxed and the money used to help our struggling young people

14 March 2014, Compromiso RSE, Los directivos de empresas familiares pasan menos tiempo en el trabajo

04 March 2014, The Wall Street Journal, Do CEOs of Family-Owned Businesses Work Less?

19 February 2014, Economic Voice, Favoured management strategy of UK businesses ‘fatally flawed’ 

14 February 2014, Business Insider, Here’s Proof That Most Founders Make Bad CEOs

28 January 2014, Human Capital Magazine, Corporate dynasties: The curious case of family CEOs

27 January 2014, Forbes, Family CEOs Spend Less Time at Work

24 January 2014, Business Insider,  Here’s Proof That America Has The Best-Managed Companies In The World

24 January 2014, Viva News (Indonedia), Perusahaan Negara Ini Punya Manajemen Terbaik di Dunia

23 January 2014, First Post, Good management: US cos retain global crown, Indian firms poorly run

17 January 2014, The Economist, Measuring Management

09 January2014, Fox Business, Study: American Firms Get A for Management


21 November 2012, Freakonomics Radio, I Consult, Therefore I Am

11 November 2012, Oman Tribune, Gaining skills of better management

06 November 2012, The Economist, Fighting crime: Italian business schools try to take on the Mafia

29 October 2012, Harvard Business Review, The radical beauty of three simple management practices

16 October 2012, Business Insider, What The Most Successful CEOs Know About Time Management

31 August 2012, The Financial Times, Home workers aren’t (always) shirkersharv

23 August 2012, Freakonomics, There’s Cake in the Breakroom!

07 August 2012, BBC Today, Working from home ‘more productive’

02 June 2012, The Economist, Free exchange: Silicon sally

01 June 2012, The Times, These maternity-leave myths are costing us dear

24 May 2012, Forbes, ‘Can’t believe it’

22 May 2012, National Review, Brief thought on economic dynamism and lessons the private sector might have for the public sector

19 May 2012, The Economist, The endangered public company: The big engine that couldn’t

29 April 2012, The Independent, Will workers take a top-table seat?

26 April 2012, Financial Times, How do highly paid chief executives fill their working hours?

20 February 2012, Forbes India, Measuring the Efficacy of the World’s Managers

14 February 2012, The Wall Street Journal, Where’s the Boss? Trapped in a Meeting

30 January 2012, National Review, Let us now praise private equity

30 January 2012, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, Measuring the Efficacy of the World’s Managers

02 January 2012, Forbes, Most economics is just organised common sense


21 December 2010, Irish Independent, One-fifth of our small firms are ‘poorly managed’

14 December 2010, Training Zone, New Australian Study Reveals Link Between Management Capability and Business Performance

14 December 2010, CNBC News, Lessons from Indian textile firms: modern management practices can increase productivity – and profits according to Stanford Graduate School of Business Research

12 December 2010, Sunday Times of India, Stanford tips boost desi balance sheets

07 December 2010, The Globe and Mail, Canada’s talent challenge 

26 November 2010, Finfacts, Europe has less dynamic business environment than US; European firms grow/ shrink at slower pace

24 November 2010, Policy Review, In need of critical care

13 November 2010, The Financial Times, A case for consultants?

09 November 2010, Market Place, Do middle managers really matter?

04 November 2010, Handelsblatt, Wenn Manager Lebel retten

01 November 2010, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, How IT Shapes Top-Down and Bottom-Up Decision Making

01 November 2010, Active Quote, Private medical cover customers have access to better-managed hospitals, says report

29 October 2010, Lavoce, Anche i manager hanno le loro colpe

28 October 2010, Pulse, McKinsey: NHS managers ‘least clinically-qualified’ in developed world

27 October 2010, Healthcare Europa, Private sector hospitals are better managed than public, says McKinsey and the Centre for Economic Performance

27 October 2010, British Medical Journal, UK hospitals are better managed than counterparts in Canada, France, Germany, and Italy but not the US, report says

26 October 2010, Health Service Journal, Better NHS management ‘leads to better outcomes’

26 October 2010, Daily Finance, NHS hospitals beat foreign rivals

25 October 2010, Public Finance, Better managed hospitals ‘are most efficient’

21 October 2010, The Economist, How to save lives

16 October 2010, The Washington Post, In Defense of Middle Management

15 October 2010, The Financial Post, In Defense of Middle Management

13 October 2010, Slate, In Defense of Middle Management

09 September 2010, The Economist, Automatic reaction: IT spending has hollowed out labour markets, to the detriment of workers

03 July 2010, The Financial Times, A healthy dose of competition will help the NHS pull through

27 May 2010, CIO, Familienunternehmen sind Flops

15 April 2010, The Economist, A special report on innovation in emerging markets: The power to disrupt

02 April 2010, The New York Times, Technology and Trade

25 March 2010, The Economist, Small island for sale

18 March 2010, The Economist, Slash and earn

03 March 2010, Gazeta do Povo, Empresas do Brasil são mal geridas, diz estudo

26 February 2010, The Times, Researchers point finger at doctors over manipulating figures

25 February 2010, Libertad Digital, ¿Por qué algunas empresas están mejor gestionadas?

22 February 2010, Health Investor, Competition in the NHS has improved services

19 February 2010, The Financial Times, Competition in NHS makes hospitals better, study says

19 February 2010, Health Service Journal, Strong managers ‘improve NHS care’

18 February 2010, Nursing Times, Competition between hospitals improves care, says research

18 February 2010, Public Finance, Better managed NHS trusts ‘have better medical results’

15 February 2010, OnMedica News, Clinically trained managers make for safer hospitals

15 February 2010, The Telegraph, Hospitals more likely to close in safe seats

21 January 2010, The Economist, Another one bites the dust

14 February 2010, The Guardian, Hospitals less likely to shut in marginal seats


15 December 2008, Citizen Economist, Breaking the mold: the U.S. productivity miracle

10 October 2008,, US firms get more out of IT than UK rivals

08 September 2008, The Wall Street Journal, The ‘same ol’ is actually good enough for many

11 August 2008, Livemint – The Wall Street Journal, Does management matter?

02 June 2008, Handelsblatt, Chinesen und inder sind schlechte Manager – noch

15 may 2008, Die Zeit, Asiatische Bosse überschätzen sich oft

13 May 2008, La Repubblica, Classe dirigente, un flop manager e politici superpagati e inefficienti

24 April 2008, Management en consulting, Management practice & productivity: why they matter

13 February 2008, Huffinton Post, The media lucky sperm club

13 February 2008, Business Zone, We have to stop meeting like this

03 February 2008, The Observer, Why too much care for your child can harm society

30 January 2008, BBC News, Handing it down

09 January 2008, Handelsblatt, Familienunternehmen: Der entzauberte Mythos

01 January 2008, Handelsblatt, Gute Noten für deutsche Manager


21 June 2006, NeuöZürcörZäitung, Grossbritannien ist (fast) immun gegen denWirtschafts-Patriotismus

09 June 2006, Remarks by Ben S Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System

29 May 2006, Handelsblatt, In der Balance

22 April 2006, Tagess Piegel, Besseres Management macht glücklich: Britische Studie erforscht die “Work-Life-Balance”

11 April 2006, The Australian, Smart foreign firms get the better of British

10 April 2006, The Financial Times, Feel the benefits of foreign ownership

06 April 2006, The Independent, Sir Terry Leahy: Public companies can learn lessons from family firms

27 March 2006, The Washington Post, Why U.S. business is winning

19 March 2006, The Independent, Roger Trapp: The dangers of keeping it in the family when choosing management personnel

15 March 2006, The Financial Times, Family-run businesses ‘perform poorly’

28 February 2006, The Independent, ‘Red tape as bad, if not worse, in America’ claims study

27 February 2006, Newsweek International, Forget all the talk of equal opportunity. European omen can have a job—but not a career

25 January 2006, The Financial Times, A productivity prescription: how the US has pulled away from Europe and Japan

19 January 2006, The Times, A happy medium is best in life matters

19 January 2006, Western Morning News (Plymouth), Getting work-life balance can be an alien concept

17 January 2006, The Financial Times, UK productivity gap with US grows

16 January 2006, The Daily Telegraph, The truth about work: where sport is, business will follow

12 January 2006, The New York Times, American companies show an edge in putting information to work

10 January 2006, The Financial Times, Work-life balance called into question

10 January 2006, The Evening Standard, Big firms best at work balance

10 January 2006, The BBC News, ‘Bigger the better’ for workers

09 January 2006, The Washington Post, What Democrats miss in Bushonomics