2006–2010

Corporate Restructuring and Labor Productivity Growth

Reprint No. 2006:15

Author(s): Katariina HakkalaYear: 2006 Title: Industrial and Corporate Change Volume (No.): 15 (4) Pages: 683–714


This article analyzes corporate restructuring and its role in generating labor productivity growth in a sample of large Swedish manufacturing corporations. It is found that external restructuring, including ownership changes, start-ups, and closures of plants, accounted for up to 47% of the productivity growth of the sample of corporations during the 1986–1996 period. The results indicate that the productivity of large multi-plant corporations potentially grew at least twice as fast as that of single-plant firms with the same internal productivity growth, thanks to their organizational flexibility. Divestitures of low productive plants were found to play a particularly important role in the replacement process generating productivity growth. The effect of external restructuring on productivity is to some extent explained by a shift toward a more skill-intensive production.


Reference:
Hakkala, Katariina (2006), "Corporate Restructuring and Labor Productivity Growth". Industrial and Corporate Change 15(4), 683–714.

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