Factors Enhancing Productivity in Industrial Environments

Michael Güldenpfennig, Kim Sundtoft Hald

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Although productivity has been explored for centuries as part of operations management, a comprehensive theory of the factors that lead to productivity improvement is still missing. The objective of the present study is to identify from literature these factors and their interrelationship. A structured literature review and a contingency theoretical perspective is applied. In relation to findings, nine factors categories and 57 factors are identified as having been portrayed in the extant literature as having effect on productivity. Moreover, a factor-productivity conceptual model is developed, highlighting the elements of productivity improvement as opportunities for productivity management within industrial organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th International Annual EurOMA Conference 2019 : Operations Adding Value to Society
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationBrussel
PublisherEUROMA, European Operations Management Association
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe 26th International Annual EurOMA Conference 2019: Operations Adding Value to Society - Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019
Conference number: 26


ConferenceThe 26th International Annual EurOMA Conference 2019
LocationHanken School of Economics
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  • Productivity
  • Contingency theory
  • Literature review

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