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Capital Investment and Productivity

While much of the focus on Europe relates to political instability in the EU, and threats from Russia, there are ample economic issues that also need to be addressed. This is true in both industrial production and agricultural output. European farms continue to lag their American counterparts in total factor productivity due to less R&D spending, slower technology uptake, smaller farm sizes, and regulatory burdens. The latter, including the Green Deal and Farm to Fork prompted a political revolt by farmers that is still reverberating across the Continent.  But European industrial production is similarly burdened. McKinsey studied EU investment and productivity and found large deficiencies. U.S. investment in intellectual property...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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