I read an article about Chinese productivity posted by Bloomberg journalist Michael Schuman and sent him the following email:
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 based on that flawed data which, in their view, will close apparent productivity gaps
Meanwhile, lowly managers on the front-line are left with little practical advice on what they could and should do at their level – yet it’s only at their level where some 80% of any national productivity improvement can be made
Given this ‘productivity support vacuum’ affecting all nations, you and China may be interested in my website – www.productivityknowhow.com – which offers free advice on productivity improvement 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
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.