Porter: skills and innovation key to productivity

Employers need to invest more in labour force skills, innovation, and goods
and services that provide companies with sustainable competitive advantages,
according to Professor Michael Porter.

US management guru Porter, who was commissioned by the DTI to look at the
link between management and productivity, presented his initial findings at the
London School of Economics last week.

He said business leaders should be given a key role in heading up national
competitiveness initiatives, and that modern-management techniques must be
taken up by more low and middle level managers.

Contrary to the view of many HR professionals, Porter describes regulatory
intrusion on business as ‘very low’ although he accepts that some legislation
from the EU has undermined UK strengths.

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