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The Impact of Work Organization on Firms’ Labor Productivity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Economists want to increase their knowledge about what determines productivity in firms. Most previous studies have a focus on quantitative measures, for instance investments in material, when analyzing productivity differences. This thesis contributes by investigating how firms’ work organization affects their labor productivity using a Cobb-Douglas production function. Two surveys (from different time periods) regarding work organization practices are merged with firm-level administrative data. The data is representative of Swedish firms in the business sector with more than 20 employees. The results show that a higher degree of decentralization has a positive effect on firms’ productivity, while internal flexibility has a negative. The effect from competence development is positive, but weakly statistically significant. This thesis adds new knowledge to an insufficiently explored field of the conditions in Sweden.

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2013.
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Work organization, Labor productivity
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203606OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203606DiVA: diva2:637067
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Available from: 2013-07-16 Created: 2013-07-16 Last updated: 2013-07-16Bibliographically approved

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