Unpacking the productivity narrative in manufacturing organisations

Jillian MacBryde, Helen Mullen, Peter Ball, Ben Clegg, Palie Smart, Stella Despoudi, Donato Masi

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This paper explores the narratives around productivity in UK manufacturing firms. Whilst we hear a lot about the UK’s poor productivity from politicians and economists, this paper explores the conversations within manufacturing firms. Initial evidence from a project funded by the ESRC through the Productivity Insights Network is presented. It appears that there are many different narratives around productivity and often the conversations in the manufacturing firms bear little resemblance to the productivity statistics being presented by politicians and economists. The work is innovative in that it moves the conversation from the economists, politicians and statisticians to the manufacturing workplace.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2019
EventEurOMA Conference 2019: Operations adding value to society - Helsinki, Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019
Conference number: 26th


ConferenceEurOMA Conference 2019
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  • manufacturing
  • productivity


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