Productivity is an important driver of profitability, but what drives productivity? To understand the determinants of productivity growth, companies must look at technology, innovation, management competencies, and regulation in highly competitive sectors, companies, and economies. They must answer such questions as why productivity has more impact in export and technology-intensive industries than in domestic and service industries. Exploring these relationships will help companies compete better in emerging markets.
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- Download individual industry contributions to total economy productivity growth for the US
- For a discussion of Harberger diagrams, see Productivity and Economic Growth in Europe (p.17) and Harberger’s original work (1998) A Vision of the Growth Process.
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- Productivity Brief 2015: Global Productivity Growth Stuck in the Slow Lane with No Signs of Recovery in Sight
- International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Costs Trends, 2014
- China Center Special Briefing Paper: Re-Estimating Chinese Productivity
- Designing Global Businesses for Innovation and Growth
- Knowledge Spillovers, ICT, and Productivity Growth
- Productivity and Digitalisation in Europe: Paving the Road to Faster Growth
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15 June, 2016 | Human Capital Watch™
Recruiting, engaging, and retaining a high-skilled workforce are critical in reversing this productivity slowdown. Research from TCB and the Committee for Economic Development discusses what’s behind this worsening trend and addresses ways in which Human Capital leaders can focus their efforts to reskill employees in order to improve business efficiency and profitability. CPE credit is available.
15 September, 2015 | Knowledge Series®
The global economy is drifting into a productivity crisis, and if current productivity trends continue, competitiveness and profitability may suffer. How do business leaders move their companies to the frontier of productivity performance and beyond? What are challenges and opportunities? CPE credit is available.
27 July, 2015 | Knowledge Series®
Productivity growth is the vital component for sustaining business profitability in a slow growth environment, and we have recently completed a new report to help you address the impacts of productivity on both a national and global scale. Find out which regions and sectors of the global economy are winning in productivity. CPE credit is available.
11 June, 2015 | Economics Watch®
In a more challenging and turbulent environment how can businesses remain competitive? Be among the first to explore our recent findings on global productivity and competitiveness and stay ahead of the curve. CPE credit is available.
10 June, 2015 | Economics Watch®
As demand slowly returns and labor markets recover, could low productivity put a ceiling to the pace of recovery? Which regions and sectors are most productive? Join us to explore our newest research and assess your own competitiveness.
09 June, 2015 | Economics Watch®
The current trend in US productivity growth is weak and could pose a significant challenge to business profitability. Join us for an interactive discussion on productivity, who’s winning, and why in this month’s edition of Economics Watch.
- The Conference Board Total Economy DatabaseTM
- The Conference Board Global Economic Outlook
- The Conference Board International Labor Comparisons Program, International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity & Unit Labor Costs Trends