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Do Private Equity Owned Firms Have Better Management Practices?

Nicholas Bloom (), Raffaella Sadun () and John van Reenen ()

American Economic Review, 2015, vol. 105, issue 5, 442-46

Abstract: Using an innovative survey measure of management practices on over 15,000 firms, we find private equity firms are better managed than government, family, and privately owned firms, and have similar management to publicly listed firms. This is true both in developed and developing countries. Looking at management practices in detail we find that private equity owned firms have strong people management practices (hiring, firing, pay, and promotions), but even stronger monitoring management practices (lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, and monitoring). Plant managers working in private equity owned firms also report greater autonomy from headquarters over sales, marketing, and new product introduction.

JEL-codes: G24 G32 G34 M10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20151000
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