• The tension between worker safety and organization survival

      Pagell, Mark; Parkinson, Mary; Veltri, Anthony; Gray, John; Louis, Michail; Wiengarten, Frank; Fynes, Brian; University College Dublin; Oregon State University; The Ohio State University; et al. (INFORMS, 2020-05-05)
      This research addresses the fundamental question of whether providing a safe workplace improves or hinders organizational survival, because there are conflicting predictions on the relationship between worker safety and organizational performance. The results, based on a unique longitudinal database covering over 100,000 organizations across 25 years in the U.S. state of Oregon, indicate that in general organizations that provide a safe workplace have significantly lower odds and length of survival. Additionally, the organizations that would in general have better survival odds, benefit most from not providing a safe workplace. This suggests that relying on the market does not engender workplace safety.