Archived — Research Summaries: Working Paper 2006-07: Productivity, Business Practices and Advanced Technologies in the Canadian Manufacturing Sector

by Anik Dufour, Alice Nakamura and Jianmin Tang.

This paper studies the mutually reinforcing effects on firm level productivity of certain combinations of information technologies and business practices, using a linked data set from the 1998 Survey of Advanced Technology in Canadian Manufacturing and the Annual Survey of Manufacturing. It shows that firms are bundling certain technologies with certain business practices and that adoption of the more commonly occurring bundles (for example, the bundle of the concurrent engineering practice and design and engineering technologies) is associated with higher productivity.

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