Upgrading Management Technology in Colombia

This study aims to analyze the effectiveness of group and individualized business consulting services for firms in developing countries in terms of improved scalability and cost-effectiveness as a means to improve innovation. The researchers are conducting a randomised field experiment in Colombia that analyzes the effects of two different business consulting interventions on small to medium-sized enterprises. Effects will be measured across numerous indicators of business performance.

Hypotheses/research question 
Can a scalable, cost-effective approach to closing the gap in management practices between developing and more developed countries can be implemented? What is the impact of closing this management gap on firm productivity and profitability?
Study design 
McKenzie, D., Iacovone, L., & Maloney, W., 2014. 'Upgrading Management Technology in Colombia'. AEA RCT Registry, October 17.