AffiliationUniversity College Dublin
Oregon State University
The Ohio State University
Universitat Ramon Llull, St Cugat, Spain
University of Derby
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AbstractThis 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.
CitationPagell, M., Parkinson, M., Veltri, A., Gray, J., Wiengarten, F,, Louis, M., and Fynes, B. (2020). 'The tension between worker safety and organization survival'. Management Science, pp. 1-94.