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The land that lean manufacturing forgot?: management practices in transition countries

Bloom, Nicholas, Schweiger, Helena and Van Reenen, John ORCID: 0000-0001-9153-2907 (2012) The land that lean manufacturing forgot?: management practices in transition countries. Economics of Transition, 20 (4). pp. 593-635. ISSN 0967-0750

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0351.2012.00444.x


We have conducted the first large-scale survey on management practices in transition countries. We found that Central Asian transition countries, such as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, have on average very poor management practices. Their average scores are below developing countries such as India. In contrast, the Central European transition countries such as Poland and Lithuania operate with management practices that are only moderately worse than those of Western European countries such as Germany. As we find these practices are strongly linked to firm performance, this suggests that poor management practices may be impeding the development of Central Asian transition countries. We find that competition, multinational ownership, private ownership and human capital are all strongly correlated with better management. If causally interpreted, this would imply that the continued opening of markets to domestic and foreign competition, privatization of state-owned firms and increased levels of workforce education should promote better management, and ultimately faster economic growth.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M2 - Business Economics
P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies > P21 - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:29

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