Lower Firm-Specific Productivity Levels in East Germany and East European Industrial Branches: The Role of Managerial Factors

This research assesses the firm-specific reasons for lower productivity levels between West and East German firms. The study is based on a unique data-base generated by field work in the four particularly important industrial sectors of machinery, furniture, cosmetics, and electrotechnics manufacturers and for the two East and West German regions, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Our results suggest that apparently management in industrial firms in the East still lack the kind of market-orientation that proves to be at the centre of competitiveness in a market and price-governed system of the modern western-style economy.

01. June 2007

Authors Johannes Stephan

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