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Low-hanging fruit: 77 eye-opening ways to improve productivity and profits by Jeremy Eden and Terri Long.

Overview: In just about every area of life, we tend to think there are only two possibilities: accept things the way they are, or put in alot of effort, time, and money to make things better. Low-Hanging Fruit is about a third possibility. What most people don’t realize is that there are dozens of easy, …
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The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing

The use of advanced industrial robots is nearing the point of takeoff, a development that could power a new wave of productivity growth in many industries and lead to changes of up to 5 percentage points in the cost competitiveness of major export economies relative to the U.S., according to new research by The Boston …
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Transforming Economies

ILO-UNCTAD has just published the book “Transforming Economies: Making industrial policy work for growth, jobs and development”. The study provides a deeper understanding of the process of structural and technological change, and distills lessons and principles for the design of policies that effectively create sustained and inclusive growth and quality jobs. This was based partly …
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Structural Reforms can Smooth Return to Growth

The OECD has just published its latest Going for Growth report. According to the study, the adoption of ambitious structural reform agendas will provide governments with the possibility of returning to “strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth that creates jobs and reduces inequality”. The report compares progress that different countries have made on economic policy …
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EU Competing in Global Value Chains

The European Commission has just published the “EU Industrial Structure Report 2013: Competing in Global Value Chains”. According to the study, there are signs of a tentative recovery in EU industrial and service performance, although not all sectors have regained their pre-crisis level of development. The report bases its analysis on productivity and its underlying …
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Africa Competitiveness Report 2013

World Economic Forum, has just published “The Africa Competitiveness Report”. The study highlights areas requiring policy action and investment to ensure Africa lays the foundation for inclusive and sustained growth. Under the theme “Connecting Africa’s Markets in a Sustainable Way”, the report explores how Africa can connect its markets and communities through increased regional integration …
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Global Wage Report 2012/13

The ILO has just published the Global Wage Report 2012/13. The study looks at the macroeconomic effects of wages, and in particular at how current trends are linked to equitable growth. The gap between wage growth and labour productivity growth is widening, the difference between the top and bottom earners is increasing, and the labour …
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International Workplace Productivity Survey 2010

LexisNexis has just launched the 2010 International Workplace Productivity Survey. The study reveals that information overload is a remarkably widespread and growing problem among professionals around the world, and one that exacts a heavy toll in terms of productivity and employee morale. The survey of 1,700 white collar workers in five countries – the USA, …
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2010 European Competitiveness Report

The European Commission has just launched the 2010 edition of the European Competitiveness Report, which examines the potential impact of the boom years on competitiveness. The study looks first at the implications of the economic downturn for productivity and at some of the main future determinants of EU competitiveness on world markets. These include the …
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Beyond austerity: A path to economic growth and renewal in Europe

With multiple pressures on growth and constrained public finances, Europe needs structural reform to return to past GDP growth rates. A number of European countries have already taken the initiative in adopting new reforms, with demonstrable success. If the rest of Europe emulated their best practices, the region could add between four and 11 per …
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