Doing More with Less: Productivity or Starvation? The Intellectual Asset Health Check

Christina Boedker, Kieron Meagher, Richard Vidgen, Julie Cogin, Jan Mouritsen

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The recent wave of savings in public service expenditure comes at the risk of creating starved workplaces, depleted of intellectual assets. This paper examines the perils of starved workplaces and how to avoid them. Organizations that nurture their intellectual assets were found to outperform their peers with 13.3% higher productivity. These organizations created a ‘win–win situation’, achieving both productivity targets while sustaining high stocks of emotional and human capital.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Budget cuts
  • Intellectual assets
  • Service organizations
  • Workplace productivity

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