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‘Productivity Knowhow’ Revisited


COMMENTS received:

  • Errol Babington, KPMG, London, UK – “Very different, very readable, very useful”
  • Tim Battle, CEO, Rational House, London, UK – “Essential for my various train journeys – full of sound common sense on a subject that deserves attention, particularly in the state sector – you should be proud of it”
  • Peter Davenport, Director of Lemarne Corporation, Australia – “Very comprehensive”
  • Jenni Harrison, Senior Editor, UK – “Very well researched and authoritative – a great book that will be informative and instructive to anyone looking to improve productivity, or even just their knowledge of productivity in business”
  • Terry Leahy, CEO, Tesco PLC, UK – “A lot of practical insights”
  • Carla O’Dell, President of American Productivity and Quality Council, USA – “I wish you all the best in spreading the productivity message – do keep us posted”
  • Roger O’Neil, Chairman, Mobil UK, London – “You have produced a handbook on how to follow best practice in every phase of business, even as an investor – I like the way you did it – it’s a guide one can dip in and out of based on the topic one is interested in – congratulations on producing it”
  • PAPA – Pan Africa Productivity Association – “A wonderful, user-friendly book”
  • Bill Poulter, PA colleague, London, UK – “Vast amount of good stuff – must have taken ages – love the quotes at the bottom of each page”
  • Ray Soper, McKinsey & Co and Venture capitalist, Sydney, Australia– “Impressive – lots of valuable information and concepts”
  • Lionel Titman, PA colleague, Slovenia – “Great – well done to you”


By Martin Wadsworth, a senior manager: Dick Smythe is extremely well placed to write such an erudite text. His early career was in the steel industry, with OR, planning and cost reduction becoming his speciality. Moving into consultancy, he homed in on productivity, being highly regarded for his “feet on the ground” approach to such …

Contents of ‘Productivity Knowhow’ Revisited

Contents ______________________________________________________________________ Productivity overall: Why productivity – the panacea for growth Why so important for people, organisations, nations Current management views Scope to improve: Distribution of productivity levels The ‘S’ curve Scope per sector The Productivity revolution: Evolution of revolutions Agricultural, Industrial, Service, Communication revolutions Globalisation, Knowledge, Leisure revolutions Productivity drivers: Management Invention & Innovation …

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Paperback and e-book copies of the updated 280 page  ‘Productivity Knowhow’ Revisited will be available soon Each copy has yet to be priced A link will be provided for ease of ordering

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