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How to measure company productivity using value-added : A focus on Pohang Steel(POSCO)

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  • How to measure company productivity using value-added
  • Lieberman, Marvin B.; Kang, Jina
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Title How to measure company productivity using value-added
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A focus on Pohang Steel(POSCO)

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Lieberman, Marvin B.; Kang, Jina

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[Berlin]:Springer

Date 2007-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Asia Pacific J Manage:vol. 25
Pages 16
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Others
Holding Universtiy of California, Los Angeles

Abstract

How should the performance of a manufacturing company be assessed, relative to firms making similar products, at home and abroad? This paper shows how company-level productivity measures can be developed from public financial data to provide a more comprehensive gauge of firm performance than profit rates alone. As a specific example, we focus on the Korean steelmaker, POSCO. Founded four decades ago, POSCO is commonly regarded as the world’s most efficient and profitable integrated steel producer, and our analysis documents POSCO’s superior record of profitability and labor productivity. We find, however, that a broader assessment of POSCO’s performance is tempered by the firm’s high capital intensity relative to producers in Japan and the United States.