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A study of the activities and impact of the Asian Productivity Organisation (APO)

Dotun Adebanjo (Business School, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Robin Mann (Centre of Organisational Excellence Research, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Musli Mohammad (Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Fakulti Kejuruteraan Mekanikal dan Pembuatan, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)
Salleh Ahmad Bareduan (Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Fakulti Kejuruteraan Mekanikal dan Pembuatan, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 8 January 2019

Issue publication date: 8 February 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the activities of the Asian Productivity Organisation (APO). The study identifies the various roles and activities of the APO and evaluates how well it performs in these roles. The study also investigates the impacts of the APO on the productivity initiatives of National Productivity Organisations (NPOs) in 16 Asian countries. These productivity initiatives are important in enhancing productivity performance and national competitiveness in the countries of interest.

Design/methodology/approach

The study collects data from stakeholders in the NPOs in 16 countries. A Likert-scale questionnaire was used to collect data from two types of respondents – NPO CEOs and NPO professional/technical staff. Data were analysed by comparing the responses across the participating countries.

Findings

The result shows that there was general satisfaction with the mission, vision and strategic direction of the APO. With respect to the operational performance of the organisation, the study showed that there were some differences in perception of the performance of the APO although the overall perception was positive.

Practical implications

The study provides insights into the top management of the APO with regards to deciding on the future direction of the organisation and, in particular, the ways in which it understands and supports the varied requirements of the different NPOs.

Originality/value

Organisations such as the APO dedicate significant resources into supporting NPOs, and by extension productivity-related commercial operations, in several countries. It is important to understand how these services are perceived and experienced in these countries, and a definitive study to examine this has not previously been carried out.

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Citation

Adebanjo, D., Mann, R., Mohammad, M. and Bareduan, S.A. (2019), "A study of the activities and impact of the Asian Productivity Organisation (APO)", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 68 No. 2, pp. 262-275. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-09-2017-0227

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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