Title: Measuring company productivity: a longitudinal study

Authors: A.S.H. Yousif, B.G. Dale

Addresses: Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK. ' Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK

Abstract: A longitudinal study of productivity at company level has been made over a period of 14 individual years. The productivity models of Craig and Harris (1973) and Taylor and Davies (1977) were used to measure the host company|s total and partial productivities. Both fixed and current prices were used in the input and output calculations to examine the effect of inflation on productivity and business ratio calculations. A set of 30 business ratios and percentages were calculated for the same study period to identify relationships, commonalities and difference between total productivity and business ratios. Amongst the main findings are: the Craig and Harris model is more reliable for measuring the host company|s productivity; the results obtained when using the current prices mode of calculation are not significantly different from those using the fixed prices method; there is a significant relationship between productivity and profitability; and many business ratios and percentages exhibited a significant relationship to total productivity and profitability.

Keywords: company productivity; productivity measurement; productivity models; business ratio; manufacturing industry; total productivity; partial productivity; inflation; profitability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1993.061847

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1993 Vol.14 No.5/6, pp.445 - 456

Available online: 28 May 2014 *

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