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A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

The most successful and profitable
businesses are the most productive

Businesses that are more productive are able to produce more output with the same amount of input, which can lead to higher profits and faster growth. Find about more about business productivity with our animation explainer:

Strategic Productivity for the Leadership Team

Productivity for business is about how an organisation effectively uses its resources (people, machines, knowledge and technology) to improve its performance (profit change). Profit change is driven by what a business does, how it does it, and for what cost.

The Productivity Institute has determined five drivers of business productivity – innovation and digital, worker skills and well-being, leadership and management, marketing and communication and access to finance.

These drivers work best when strategically aligned with boardroom functions – Finance; Human Resources; Operations, Technology and Digital; and Marketing and Communications.

Read Strategic Productivity for the Leadership Team to find out why firms need to be actively talking about productivity, identifying the key indicators that create productivity in their business, and then aligning their productivity strategy across all boardroom functions.

Business productivity insights

The Productivity Institute has a number of insights into business productivity:

Of chickens and eggs: Exporting, innovation novelty and productivity Why are exporting firms more productive? Do productive firms export or is it exporting that leads to higher productivity?

Is there a link between small business leadership and productivity? Leadership quality has been proposed as an important explanation for differences in the productivity performance between so-called ‘frontier’ and ‘laggard’ firms.

Productivity Puzzles podcast: What makes first productive? Listen to data-driven insights and expert opinions converge to shed light on what makes firms truly productive.



Renowned experts appointed as Honorary Professors on productivity by Alliance Manchester Business School and The Productivity Institute

Three Honorary Professors on Productivity appointed to support the work of The Productivity Institute

Redefining public sector productivity