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Do private equity owned firms have better management practices?

Bloom, Nick and Sadun, Raffaella and Van Reenen, John (2009) Do private equity owned firms have better management practices? Centre for Economic Performance occasional papers, CEPOP24. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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We use an innovative survey tool to collect management practice data from over 4,000 medium sized manufacturing firms across Asia, Europe and the US. These measures of managerial practice are strongly associated with firm-level performance (e.g. productivity, profitability and stock market value). Private Equityowned firms are significantly better managed than government, family and privately owned firms. Although they are also better managed on average than publicly listed firms with dispersed owners, this difference is not statistically significant. Looking at management practices in detail we find that Private Equity-owned firms have strong people management practices (hiring, firing, pay and promotions) but even stronger operations management practices (lean manufacturing, continuous improvement and monitoring). This suggests that Private Equity ownership is associated with broad based operational improvement in management rather than just stronger performance incentives. Finally, looking at changes in management practices over time, it appears that Private Equity targets poorly managed firms and these firms improve their management practices at a faster rate than other ownership types.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
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Additional Information: © 2009 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Series: Working Papers > CEP Occasional Papers
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2009 15:17
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2012 09:35

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