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ICT, skills, organisation and labour productivity: An empirical analysis of new firm’s efficiency sources in Catalonia


  • Torrent-Sellens, Joan

    () (Estudios de Economía y Empresa, e Instituto Interdisciplinario de Internet (IN3). Universidad Oberta de Cataluña (UOC))

  • Ficapal-Cusí, Pilar

    () (Universidad Oberta de Cataluña (UOC))


Using survey data on a representative sample of the productive privateCatalonian network (1,238 firms) and in line with the international empirical evidence, this research paper analyzes the new co-innovative (ICT uses, skilledlabour and new forms of work organization) productivity sources. The results haveenabled us to identify a competitive pattern marked by the decisive contributionof physical productive capital. In addition, a segmentation of the business samplesuggests the existence of two distinct patterns in productivity sources. In technologyand knowledge intensive-firms (about one fifth of the total) the sources ofproductivity level is bases on physical productive capital, new work organizationssystems and complementarities between then and the use of ICT. By the rest ofCatalan firms (80% who do not use technology and knowledge intensive) has notfound evidence to corroborate the existence of new co-innovation sources in theexplanation of their long term potential growth.

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  • Torrent-Sellens, Joan & Ficapal-Cusí, Pilar, 2011. "ICT, skills, organisation and labour productivity: An empirical analysis of new firm’s efficiency sources in Catalonia," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 20, pages 93-115.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0044

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    ICT uses; labour skills; new forms of work organisation; labour productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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