Management practices and innovation, Great Britain


Management practices and innovation, Great Britain


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Using firm-level survey data, we explore the relationship between management practices and innovative activity, including formal R&D.

  • Across all industries, better-managed firms are significantly more likely to engage in research and development (R&D) than their peers.
  • Better-managed firms tend to spend significantly more on R&D and innovative activity than comparable, less-well-managed firms.
  • The type of R&D activity (product versus process and the source of funding) is not significantly different for better-managed firms once we account for compositional differences.
  • The relationship between the reported share of innovative turnover and management scores is volatile and dependent on the choice of definition.
  • Better-managed firms see higher labour productivity per pound of R&D spending than comparable, less-well-managed firms.

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