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Labour productivity change: Drivers, business impact and macroeconomic moderators

  • Demeter, Krisztina
  • Chikán, Attila
  • Matyusz, Zsolt

This paper focuses on the operational drivers of labour productivity changes. We consider two sets of drivers: (a) current working practices and (b) changes in working practices through management programs. The relationship between these two sets of drivers and productivity changes are analysed. We also investigate the importance of productivity growth by looking at the impact of labour productivity changes on business performance changes. Finally, the moderating effects of industry and country on the use of drivers of productivity changes are examined. Data from an international survey, IMSS-IV, are used for the analysis.

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Volume (Year): 131 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 215-223

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