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May 15

National productivity positions built on sand

On Friday, 12 May, 2017, I read an article about Chinese productivity posted by Bloomberg journalist Michael Schuman and sent him the following email:

Michael,

I read your article about Chinese productivity with great interest

The first step in any major productivity improvement drive is indeed to establish the current position – where are you now?

Most ‘expert’ commentators try to do this but are forced to use flawed GDP and so flawed national productivity statistics – then they offer a wide variety of broad solutions to close productivity gaps

Meanwhile, lowly managers on the front-line are left with little practical help on what they should do at their level – yet it is only at their level where some 80% of any national productivity improvement can be made

Given this ‘productivity support vacuum’ affecting all nations, not just China, you may be interested in my newish website which offers free advice for all managers at all levels in all sectors, public and private

If I can be of any further help, do please let me know

Cheers

DS

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Michael replied the same day, from Peking:

Thanks for reading.

Yes, the data isn’t perfect, but at least you can get a sense of trends in productivity – i.e. is it going up or down, or how countries compare.

Best,

Michael

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