Management Practices Across Firms and Countries

Nicholas Bloom, Christos Genakos, Raffaella Sadun, John Van Reenen

NBER Working Paper No. 17850
Issued in February 2012

---- Acknowledgments ----

Financial support was provided by the Alfred Sloan Foundation; the Anglo-German Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. We want to thank Don Siegel and an anonymous referee for extremely helpful comments. We are indebted to Rebecca Homkes, Renata Lemos, Mimi Qi and Daniela Scur for their help in this research project. Our partnership with McKinsey & Company (who we received no funding from) has been essential for the development of the project, in particular Pedro Castro, Stephen Dorgan, John Dowdy and Dennis Layton. We have also recently benefited tremendously from working closely with Accenture (who we also received no funding from), in particular Ashutosh Tyagi and Shaleen Chavda. We thank James Milway at the IPC for the Canadian and Retail data, Renu Agarwal and Roy Green at UTS for collecting the Australian and New Zealand data, and Andrea Tokman at the IPP for the Chilean data. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Nicholas Bloom ----

I worked for McKinsey and company as a management consultant from 2001-2002. I have not received any funding from them after that time.

I am part of the Toulouse Network for Information Technology, which carries out research on IT and productivity. From this network I receive an annual honorarium, which is funded by Microsoft.

I do occasional consulting on management practices for government and policy agencies, like the Canadian Government, the World Bank, the European Union, the British Government, and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

I produced a report in 2008 for the World Economic Forum on management practices in private equity for which I received an honorarium.

I occasionally am a paid speaker at corporate events at which I discuss among other things management practices.

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