Intrafirm and interfirm productivity comparisons Public Deposited

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  • Interfirm comparisons are used internationally to provide productivity measurement systems. These systems indicate changes in productivity. The development of interfirm comparisons in Britain, Australia, and Canada is discussed. Interfirm comparisons have also been conducted in the United States under the auspices of various trade associations. However, in the United States these comparisons are the exception and not the rule. Any nation needs to improve productivity if it is to become or remain competitive in the market place. Accurate measurement is a pre-condition for productivity improvement. This study establishes a measure that can be employed by small businesses to determine their own productivity standing. The Weighted Ratio Productivity Index (WRPI) is that measure, Research was conducted at Electro Scientific Industries (ESI), an electronics firm located in Portland, Oregon. A five year period of financial and production data (1976-1980) were collected and analyzed. The versatility of the Weighted Ratio Productivity Index is a tremendous benefit of its development. The WRPI can be modified to suit many types of industry. A benefit for ESI is the creation of the WRPI. Prior to this study a comprehensive method of productivity measurement did not exist in this company. The firm will use the method in this thesis for future productivity measurement. From this research a Total Productivity Index could be developed with the use of an aggregate weighted ratio productivity index similar to the WRPI. This index would be very useful for both intra- and interfirm comparisons.
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