15.06.2009 – Doctoral Students Seminar

15 juin 2009

15 juin 2009Lille

Speaker: Mircea Epure (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) –
« Benchmarking and Competition: A Multidimensional Total Factor Productivity Framework »; Bouye Ahmed Moulaye Hachem (IÉSEG) –
« Optimal Capacity Utilization and Reallocation in a German Bank Branch Network »

Date and place: 15/06/2009 at 14:00
IÉSEG School of Management – 3 rue de la Digue – 59000 LILLE
Lecture Room: B254 (B-building, second floor)

IÉSEG Seminar jointly with LEM UMR8179


  • « Benchmarking and Competition: A Multidimensional Total Factor Productivity Framework »
    This study proposes a competition/benchmarking framework to analyze the total factor productivity (TFP) of the Spanish banking sector between 1998 and 2006. To do so, different specifications of the Malmquist TFP index (Bjurek 1996) are tailored under specific benchmarking perspectives: (1) static, (2) base year and (3) dynamic TFP change. These approaches assume fixed units as benchmarks (scarcely used) and/or base technologies (classical method) together with the pros of the standard Hicks-Moorsteen index. The combination of these viewpoints enables the manager to see the different facets of the firm’s activity and thus have a broad ground for decision making. Furthermore, the developed methodological tool can be transposed in any industry. Following the setting up of benchmarks in accordance with market share and efficiency, results show the TFP scores’ distribution and the associated catching-up effects through time. Nonetheless, in practice or in future research one could establish a different benchmark for each unit as a function of strategic choices and competitive advantages.
  • « Optimal Capacity Utilization and Reallocation in a German Bank Branch Network: Exploring Some Strategic Scenarios »
    Quite a few studies have considered efficiency at the bank branch level by comparing mostly a single branch network, while an abundance of studies have focused on comparing banking institutions. However, to the best of our knowledge no study has ever assessed performance at the level of the branch bank network by looking for ways to reallocate resources such that overall performance improves. Here, we introduce the Johansen-Färe measure of plant capacity of the firm into a multi-output, frontier-based version of the short-run Johansen industry model. The first stage capacity model carefully checks for the impact of the convexity assumption on the estimated capacity utilization.