Building a Productive Workforce: The Role of Structured Management Practices

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Suggested Citation

Cornwell, Christopher, Ian M. Schmutte, and Daniela Scur. "Building a Productive Workforce: The Role of Structured Management Practices." CEP Discussion Paper No. 1644, August 2019.

Abstract

Firms’ hiring and firing decisions affect the entire labor market. Managers often make these decisions, yet the effects of management on labor allocation remains largely unexplored. To study the relationship between a firm’s management practices and how it recruits, retains and dismisses its employees, we link a survey of firm-level management practices to production and employee records from Brazil. We find that firms using structured management practices consistently hire and retain better workers, and fire more selectively. Good production workers match with firms using structured personnel management practices. By contrast, better managers match with firms using structured operations management practices.