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Firm Organization, Technology And Performance: An Empirical Study

Nathalie Greenan () and Dominique Guellec

Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 1998, vol. 6, issue 4, 313-347

Abstract: The purpose of the study is to characterize different styles of work organization in French firms and their current changes and to link them to the use of specific technologies and to firms performance. The data which are used arc of two kinds: a labor force survey (1 470 blue collar) and a business survey (7 089 firms). We show that two main variables create differences among firms' organization devices: the intensity of communication within the workshop and the level of autonomy of workers (facing technological and hierarchical constraints). The use of advanced technologies and the skill of the labor force are positively linked to both organizational variables. Therefore. 'Communicating organization' and organizational innovation seem to aim at creating conditions for individual and collective learning on new technologies. They also enhance the ability of the firm to adapt to changing market conditions through technological innovation and inventory reduction, These views are supported by econometric estimation.

Keywords: Organization of Production; Learning; Technological Innovation; Empirical study JEL Classification: L23; 033 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1998
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