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Productivity tools: “horses for courses”

David McKee (David McKee is a Partner in Explored Futures, a consultancy organisation promoting sustainable productivity and performance improvement, based in Solihull, UK.)

Work Study

ISSN: 0043-8022

Article publication date: 1 June 2003


With the rise of the generalist manager, and the demise of the productivity specialist, there has been a decline in the use of “standard” productivity tools and a move towards the application of “management systems”. This paper argues that the range of available productivity tools means that there is almost certainly a tool available for every productivity improvement situation. However, the paper points out that the deployment of such tools must be within a structured framework that manages the overall change process implicit in productivity improvement.



McKee, D. (2003), "Productivity tools: “horses for courses”", Work Study, Vol. 52 No. 3, pp. 136-140.




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