The Effects of Downsizing on Operating Performance
AbstractWe examine the performance of 118 firms that downsized between 1989-93. We find that downsizing firms experience declines in operating performance prior to the downsizing announcement. Operating performance improves significantly following the downsizing. These firms are able to reduce the cost of sales, labor cost, capital expenditures and R&D expenditures. We also find that firms that perform poorly in their industries prior to the downsizing and have increases in assets following the downsizing have larger improvements in performance. There is some evidence that the improvements are greater for firms that increase their focus. Copyright 2000 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Volume (Year): 15 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
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