Policy Briefing

What drives productivity growth behind the frontier? A mixed-methods investigation into UK SMEs.

ERC Policy Briefing

Associated Themes
  • Management and Leadership
  • Productivity and performance

International evidence suggests productivity growth is most rapid among ‘frontier’ firms, i.e. those in the top decile of the productivity distribution. Other studies have identified the marked difference in sectoral productivity growth in the UK over the last decade. Here, we consider the drivers of productivity growth in SMEs which are ‘behind the frontier’.