Windmills

Centre for Productivity and Efficiency

We are devoted to researching the measurement, analysis, management and improvement of productivity.

About this Centre

A core principle of our Centre’s work is that productivity must be understood at multiple levels: individual activities, firms, supply chains, sectors and localities. This is especially relevant in the development of place-specific industrial strategy and in harnessing digital technologies that have the potential to intimately link together firms in business networks and supply chains. 

 

 

Charles Carter

Our Approach

We adopt a multi-disciplinary perspective, encompassing economics, operations & supply chain management, analytics, human resource management, accounting and entrepreneurship. We also work closely with related LUMS productivity initiatives in Executive and Organisational Development and with the Work Foundation to maximise the impact of our research on practice and policy.

Our Research Themes

Our research activities incorporate several areas of productivity, industrial policy and supply chain productivity. Visit our publications to view the research produced by this centre.

Industrial Policy

Our focus is to make a sustained contribution to the development of industrial strategy or industrial policy in the UK and elsewhere. We seek to do so in part by examining the links between economic insights at policy level, and management insights at organisational level. 

Our recent research in this area includes a paper in the Journal of Operations Management in February 2017, building on previous work by Alan Hughes and Martin Spring for the UK GO-Science Foresight ‘Future of Manufacturing’ project. This latest research examines the development of industrial policy thinking and the potential for greater engagement between operations managers and industrial policy initiatives in changing the institutional architecture in the UK and other developed economies. Read more here:

Industry

SME and Supply Chain Productivity

The Centre is building on LUMS’ long-standing expertise in working with SMEs in research projects and leadership programmes to develop survey and qualitative research in this area. We also work collaboratively with the Centre for Family Business on mutual research interests.

There is considerable evidence that aggregate productivity is undermined by the relatively low productivity of a ‘long tail’ of SMEs. A strong theme of our work is the relationship between large firms and the smaller firms in their supply chains, and we work with major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and industry bodies such as the Northwest Aerospace Alliance.

Our research often sits alongside Executive and Organisational Development activities such as the Productivity through People programme, supported by BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Siemens. We are also involved in a funded project on public contracting for innovation, and Chris Ford is conducting collaborative research on inter-organisational performance measurement. 

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Efficiency

Our work in the area of efficiency draws on the insights of Gerard Debreu, Michael Farrell, and Harvey Leibenstein, employing the tools of  Data Envelopment Analysis and Stochastic Frontier Analysis.

Research at Lancaster focuses both on methodological development of these tools and on application, in areas as diverse as education, banking, construction, and manufacturing.

Data List

Human Resource Management

Management practices and the development of talent play a crucial role in managing and improving productivity. The Centre is working with external collaborating organisations such as the CIPD and the newly-established Productivity Council to examine these aspects of productivity. This work draws upon previous research as part of the Centre for Performance-Led HR, which was one of the world's leading centres of applied research into human resources. This Centre delivered vital research which continues to have significant impact.

People working

Publications

People

Centre Director

Professor Martin Spring

Professor of Operations Management

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Operational Research and Operations Management, Supply Chain Management

+44 (0)1524 592739 A053, A - Floor, Management School

Deputy Centre Director

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Economics Research Group, Labour, Education and Health Economics

+44 (0)1524 594215 B018, B - Floor, Management School

Centre Administrator

Teresa Aldren

Research Centres Administrator, Administrator

+44 (0)1524 510906 B003a, B - Floor, Management School

Members

Professor Alan Hughes

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency

Dr Stephen Eldridge

Senior Teaching Fellow

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency

+44 (0)1524 593891 B060a, B - Floor, Management School

Dr Chris Ford

Lecturer in Accounting & Management

+44 (0)1524 593978

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Professor Katy Mason

Professor of Markets, Marketing and Management

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Research in Sustainable Healthcare , Networks, Knowledge and Strategy

+44 (0)1524 510983 C065, C - Floor, Management School

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Centre for Transportation Systems & Logistics (CENTRAL), Health Systems, Supply Chain Management, Transport and Logistics

+44 (0)1524 594602

Centre for Financial Econometrics, Asset Markets and Macroeconomic Policy, Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Economics Research Group, Labour, Education and Health Economics, Macroeconomics and Financial Markets

+44 (0)1524 592668

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Centre for Research in Sustainable Healthcare , Economics Research Group, Gulf One Lancaster Centre for Economic Research, Labour, Education and Health Economics

+44 (0)1524 592055

Dr Li Xiao

Lecturer

Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

+44 (0)1524 594026 C055, C - Floor, Management School