The Productivity Grand Challenge: Why Do Organizations Differ so Much?

5 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2011

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John Van Reenen

London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Stanford Graduate School of Business; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: September 6, 2010

Abstract

I discuss some developments in economics and what I think are “Grand Challenges” for the social sciences over the next 10-20 years. One recurrent theme is the importance of heterogeneity in performance between firms and how this links to management practices. Splitting economics from other NSF funding would also be desirable.

Suggested Citation

Van Reenen, John Michael, The Productivity Grand Challenge: Why Do Organizations Differ so Much? (September 6, 2010). American Economic Association, Ten Years and Beyond: Economists Answer NSF's Call for Long-Term Research Agendas. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1889371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1889371

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