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Modern Management: Good for the Environment of Just Hot Air?

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  • Nicholas Bloom

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    (Stanford University)

  • Christos Genakos

    (Selwyn College, University of Cambridge & Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics)

  • Ralf Martin

    (London School of Economics)

  • Raffaella Sadun

    (Strategy Unit, Harvard Business School)

Abstract

We use an innovative methodology to measure management practices in over 300 manufacturing firms in the UK. We then match this management data to production and energy usage information for establishments owned by these firms. We find that establishments in better managed firms are significantly less energy intensive. They use less energy per unit of output, and also in relation to other factor inputs. This is quantitatively substantial: going from the 25th to the 75th percentile of management practices is associated with a 17.4% reduction in energy intensity. This negative relationship is robust to a variety of controls for industry, location, technology and other factor inputs. Better managed firms are also significantly more productive. One interpretation of these results is that well managed firms are adopting modern lean manufacturing practices, which allows them to increase productivity by using energy more efficiently. This suggests that improving the management practices of manufacturing firms may help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Paper provided by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its series Discussion Papers with number 08-009.

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