On 12th February 2020, Jen Nelles, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), University of Sheffield Management School, Productivity Insights Network (PIN), hosted our CECAN Webinar: 'Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy'.
Like the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland has experienced weak productivity growth since the 2008 Financial Crisis despite broader economic recovery. Consequently, boosting productivity has been a central goal of contemporary economic policy even to the extent that both UK and Northern Ireland industrial strategies have been described as productivity policies. Yet evidence shows that decades of Government productivity policies have not (yet?) resulted in predictable or positive impacts on productivity performance. The webinar explored how the siloed nature of productivity policy may be hindering the development of an effective productivity programme and that adopting a systems approach to policy may provide new insights into the productivity puzzle in Northern Ireland (and beyond). Jen also presented the results of a research project supported by the ESRC and Productivity Insights Network (PIN) and executed in partnership with the Department for the Economy of Northern Ireland that applies a systems approach to mapping how policymakers perceive the economic system and how that is reflected in policy.
If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch the session via our YouTube channel below. We are also pleased to be able to share a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please click here to view.