Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161347
Authors: 
Bloom, Nicholas
Brynjolfsson, Erik
Foster, Lucia
Jarmin, Ron
Patnaik, Megha
Saporta-Eksten, Itay
Van Reenen, John
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10724
Abstract: 
Partnering with the Census we implement a new survey of "structured" management practices in 32,000 US manufacturing plants. We find an enormous dispersion of management practices across plants, with 40% of this variation across plants within the same firm. This management variation accounts for about a fifth of the spread of productivity, a similar fraction as that accounted for by R&D, and twice as much as explained by IT. We find evidence for four "drivers" of management: competition, business environment, learning spillovers and human capital. Collectively, these drivers account for about a third of the dispersion of structured management practices.
Subjects: 
learning
competition
productivity
management
JEL: 
L2
M2
O32
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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