The Management Capability Survey

The Management Capability Survey is a collaboration between the Office of the Chief Economist, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the University of Technology Sydney and Stanford University (US). The Management Capability Survey sampled over 15,000 businesses, covering all sectors of the economy and all firm sizes. The Survey develops a comprehensive business management dataset of all sectors of the Australian economy. The Survey includes questions on performance monitoring, target setting, incentives/people management and strategic planning and management.

The project aims to:

  • Provide improved understanding of organisational and strategic management capability in firms across the Australian economy.
  • Deliver rigorous analysis of management capability and its importance to, and impact on, productivity and economic growth.
  • Provide data that allows for rigorous evaluation of industry programmes that focus on management capability, such as the Industry Growth Centres and Entrepreneurs Programme.
  • Undertake research to benchmark Australia’s firm management capability against the United States of America and other countries.

Outputs from the Management Capability Survey was released by the ABS on 25 August 2017. The Management Capability Survey data will be linked to the Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) to allow for analysis of the impact of management capability on firm financial performance and broader economic and productivity growth.

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