38 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 15, 2013
The Census Bureau recently conducted a survey of management practices in over 30,000 plants across the US, the first large-scale survey of management in America. Analyzing these data reveals several striking results. First, more structured management practices are tightly linked to better performance: establishments adopting more structured practices for performance monitoring, target setting and incentives enjoy greater productivity and profitability, higher rates of innovation and faster employment growth. Second, there is a substantial dispersion of management practices across the establishments. We find that 18% of establishments have adopted at least 75% of these more structured management practices, while 27% of establishments adopted less than 50% of these. Third, more structured management practices are more likely to be found in establishments that export, who are larger (or are part of bigger firms), and have more educated employees. Establishments in the South and Midwest have more structured practices on average than those in the Northeast and West. Finally, we find adoption of structured management practices has increased between 2005 and 2010 for surviving establishments, particularly for those practices involving data collection and analysis.
Keywords: management, productivity, organization
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Bloom, Nicholas and Brynjolfsson, Erik and Foster, Lucia and Jarmin, Ron S. and Saporta Eksten, Itay and Van Reenen, John, Management in America (January 15, 2013). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-13-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200954 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2200954