High Performance Manufacturing Workplaces


Despite international research evidence suggesting that the adoption of High Performance Work Practices (HPWP) among manufacturing enterprises deliver better financial performance, innovation, and lower employee turnover; there is a lack of contemporary evidence of the widespread adoption of these practices in Australian organisations.

Commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Industry, this project investigates the use of HPWP among manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the barriers to adoption. The study will also provide vital insights into challenges facing Australian manufacturing SMEs and the management practices that drive performance. The findings will inform the Minister for Industry in developing real solutions that can help manufacturing SMEs increase their competitiveness, specifically in finding ways to promote and support the adoption of high performance workplace cultures among manufacturing SMEs.

This project consists of:

  • A desk-top review of prior international and Australian research on HPWP
  • A national survey of small and medium manufacturing workplaces
  • Best-practice case studies
  • A review of government and industry policies aimed at promoting high performance workplaces
  • Manufacturing industry forums to share and discuss the results

Download initial report findings

Case Studies