Re-inventing the wheel? Productivity, performance and people

June 2003
Management Services;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p6
Academic Journal
The Work Foundation launched the Work & Enterprise panel of inquiry, in association with Microsoft, Tesco, Astrazeneca, Manpower, Unison, Lloyds and Eversheds. The project aims to thoroughly investigate Great Britain's long-term productivity problem. Chief economist at The Work Foundation and project lead Dr. Rebecca Harding says that, "Even though the research is long established and prescribed solutions abundant the problem remains and there has been no self-sustaining change at an institutional, corporate or industrial level. This suggests that either we have been examining the wrong things up until now or we have been looking at them in such a way that we are missing the obvious facts in pursuit of the perfect answer." In order to dig under the surface of the productivity dilemma, we need to understand, conceptualise and model the interface between the industrial, the corporate and the institutional lenses since this is where the real root of the problem lies. Without a high-quality skills and innovation infrastructure as a base, for example, how can an organisation build the multi-skilled, adaptable and networked workforce that it needs as a baseline for the high performance workplace? Without a strong and smart regulatory system, strong science, secure governance perspectives and a coherent and transparent system of social partnership, how can managers develop strategic tools to mobilise a motivated workforce around a long-term vision?


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