Product Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness: a study of British and German ceramic tableware industries

Pub. Date
01 January, 2002
Pub. Type

NIESR's Occasional Paper Series, number 55

The determinants of cross-country differences in economic performance have been much described, but remain ill-understood. This project builds on the considerable experience of the NIESR team in carrying out detailed case-study analysis, based on visits to matched manufacturing plants in Britain and Germany, with a view to recording, for the industry in question, (a) whether a significant difference exists between the two countries in the average quality of total production; and (b) to examine in detail the factors - from raw materials to workforce skills - which contribute to those quality differences.

Occasional paper no.55, May 2002. Available from NIESR.

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