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The Bottom Line - Productivity

Updated Friday, 22nd May 2015

The Bottom Line returns with Evan Davis and guests discussing the poor productivity problem in the UK. 

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Evan Davis begins a new series of The Bottom Line by looking at the productivity problem. The programme asks what productivity really means and how different sectors go about measuring it.

Evan hears from three chief executives in three different sectors: manufacturing; advertising and health. How can productivity be measured and improved in these diverse sectors? How, for example, should the productivity of a doctor or nurse be measured?


  • Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham 
  • Brian Holliday Divisional Director, Siemens Industry Automation
  • James Murphy, Founder and Chief Executive of Adam and Eve DDB Advertising

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 28th May 2015. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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