Policy reports – Industry

Here you will find policy reports aimed at the industrial sector, primarily using the manufacturing WMS data and findings.

English
PEDL Policy Insight: management and productivity
A snapshot of mid-sized firms in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Renata Lemos and Daniela Scur, 2016
CEP-LSE Mimeo

This report provides a basic set aggregate descriptive data at the country-level collected through the World Management Survey waves, including management practices, work-life balance practices, human capital, decentralization and available infrastructure in medium- and large-sized firms in Africa, Asia, and Latin American developing countries. It also describes the data collection process in great detail. As the database becomes increasingly used by researchers, we hope this report can serve as an “expanded methodology and data manual” for the WMS, where we not only detail the data collection process but also include an Appendix on the construction of the sampling frames. This is particularly important for countries and sectors where we could not find a publicly available list, so we note the challenges of data collection in these countries and how we approached the solutions to these challenges.

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Helping firms by helping employees? Work-life balance in America

Nicholas Bloom, Raffaella Sadun, Daniela Scur, John Van Reenen, 2015
Center for American Progress

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Management practices and productivity among manufacturing businesses in Great Britain Experimental estimates for 2015

Gaganan Awano, Alice Heffernan and Harriet Robinson, 2016

ONS

In this article, we set out to explore the dependencies between levels of structured management practices and productivity at the enterprise level. Our results confirm that management practice scores are most closely associated with the size of a business in terms of employment. Management practice scores tend to increase as employment increases and this association is stronger among smaller enterprises. We also find a positive correlation between management practice scores and productivity when we analyse this relationship across industry groups. Consequently, multinationals, large businesses (employment of 250 and over) and non-family-owned businesses have higher management scores and outperform domestic, smaller and family-owned businesses in terms of productivity. Our analysis shows that on a scale of 0 to 1, a 0.10 increase in management practice score is associated with a 6.7% rise in productivity5. This controls for business size, industry grouping, family ownership status, multinational status and business age. The distribution of management scores shows a 0.13 difference between the median and the 75th percentile, which translates into a difference in productivity of 8.7%.

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Management Matters in Retail

ICP staff (led by Daniela Scur), 2010
Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

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Management Matters in Canada: manufacturing

ICP staff (led by Daniela Scur), 2009
Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

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Management Matters in Australia: just how productive are we?

University of Technology, Sydney

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Management Matters in New Zealand: how does manufacturing measure up?

University of Technology, Sydney

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Management Practices in Manufacturing in Mozambique

Renata Lemos and Daniela Scur, 2015
International Growth Centre

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Constraints on Developing UK Management Practices

2011

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

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Management Matters in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

2009

Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment,
InvestNI, the Department for Employment and Learning, Intertrade Ireland, Forfás and the Management Development Council

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Quality of management practices in the Netherlands

Jadé Dieteren, Jesse Groenewegen, Sjoerd Hardeman, Harry Garretsen, Lotte de Haan, and Janka Stoker (2019)

Report developed by Rabobank and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Summary:

For the first time the quality of management practices in the Dutch manufacturing sector has been
measured in an internationally comparable way. What is the quality of management in the Netherlands, what is the relationship with the performance of Dutch firms and what are the
implications for policy?
-Dutch management is ranked sixth worldwide, behind the United States, Sweden and Germany
-Increasing the quality of management to the level of Sweden or Germany is accompanied by four
percent more revenue and seven percent more profit per employee
-Management practices deserve more priority when considering ways to boost productivity

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Management Practices in Malaysia

World Bank (2020)

Report developed by the World Bank

Summary:

The objective of this report is to use data from the World Management Survey (WMS) to benchmark the quality of management practices in Malaysia against comparator countries, investigate the drivers of management practices, and draw actionable policy implications to improve the country’s management practices as a key driver of firm-level productivity growth.

The report documents that with an overall score of 2.84 (on a scale of 1-5), management practices in Malaysia’s manufacturing sector are in line with the country’s level of development but lag far beyond those in advanced countries like the United States, Japan, or Germany.

Raising Malaysia’s productivity growth through better management practices will require a systematic, comprehensive policy approach that fosters the different drivers of management practices in a systematic and mutually reinforcing way.

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Todo se queda en familia: Propriedad y prácticas de gestión en firmas de Latinomérica

Renata Lemos and Daniela Scur, 2013
Corporación Andina de Fomento – Development Bank of Latin America

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