Growth of the Productivity and Organization of the Work: Argument of Some Factors (Crescimento Da Produtividade E Organização Do Trabalho: Discussão De Alguns Factores)
Economia e Prospectiva, pp. 89-108, No. 21-22, 2002
19 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2008
Recent studies continue to indicate the existence of a narrow relationship between flexible work organizations and the economic growth, in particular, Sweden and Germany. The measure of this relationship is many times the result of the value added per worker. Therefore, the causes of economic growth must be perceived from the interior of the company (work organization, technology, infrastructures, product design). On the other hand, the capacity of innovation can be perceived by the market through new products and services, and still significant changes with the introduction of new equipment and design of an efficient work organization.
In this article it is analyzed the evolution of the productivity and employment levels in Portugal and other European countries, over all, during the decade of 90. An analysis for sector is made still. One verifies often that economic growth can be without employment growth. However, the growth can be obtained when if it reaches bigger added value and the efficiency can be verified when there are diminished costs for a same period of time, although that the labor productivity is also the pointer of the quality of life in a economy, therefore it represents the value produced by the work.
Moreover, the total factors productivity is the measure of the technological and organizational progress (don't includes only the technological investments). It is tried to get and to analyze the available statistics on these dimension in Portugal, concluding that Portugal presents an enterprise structure predominantly based on small and very small companies, a great number of which is market by a weak potential of adaptability, innovation and sustainability.
It becomes urgent to take the non-material factors that integrate the productivity dimension, as factors of intervention for a benchmarking that allows a process of sustainable growth.
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Keywords: work organisation, Portugal, productivity, innovation, benchmarking
JEL Classification: D24, D61, J24, L26, M54, O47
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