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The Profit Equation: Prioritizing Productivity to Drive Growth, Competitiveness, and Profitability (CFO Summary)


June 2015 | Publication

The global economy appears to be sliding into a productivity crisis, but increasing productivity goes beyond simply controlling costs. Research shows the decline in productivity growth is largely due to inefficiencies in investments in things like equipment, human capital, and organizational processes.

Principle areas of focus for the finance function, therefore, are ensuring productivity is a component of the conversation about profits, driving operational excellence through intangible investment, and maximizing innovation’s effect on productivity through those investments. This report details these approaches and illustrates the relationship between productivity and profits.

Explore our full portfolio of thought leadership on productivity and competitiveness.


AUTHORS

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Bart van Ark

Managing Director and Principal Investigator
The Productivity Institute

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Ataman Ozyildirim

Senior Director, Economics and Global Research Chair
The Conference Board

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Elizabeth Crofoot

Senior Economist
Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board

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Abdul Erumban

Senior Research Fellow
The Conference Board
Assistant Professor, Economics
University of Groningen

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Prajakta Bhide

Senior Economist
The Conference Board

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Gad Levanon, PhD

Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board


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Bart van Ark

Managing Director and Principal Investigator

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Ataman Ozyildirim

Senior Director, Economics and Global Research Chair

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Gad Levanon, PhD

Vice President, Labor Markets

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Carol Corrado

Senior Advisor and Research Director, Economics Program

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Abdul Erumban

Senior Research Fellow

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Elizabeth Crofoot

Senior Economist

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