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Safety at Work: The relationship between occupational health and safety and firm competitive advantage from human capital.

Project description

Is good occupational safety and health good for business?

Neglecting health and safety in the workplace is bad for business. Occupational safety and health (OSH) practices help make businesses successful and sustainable and reduce absenteeism resulting from preventable illness and injury. The EU-funded SAW project will explore how OSH practices affect a company’s ability to attract, motivate and retain employees. It will focus on European firms. First, it will match employer–employee data from France to analyse how differences in safety investments and practices across firms explain cross-firm differences in human capital outcomes (cross-firm analysis). Next, it will collect unique data from at least one organisation to investigate how differences in safety practices affect employee hiring, performance and turnover.

Objective

This proposal investigates how investments in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) affect firms’ ability to attract, motivate, and retain employees. The Researcher will examine the European context and investigate how OHS investments and practices of European firms impact their competitive advantage from human capital. The overall ambition of the proposed project is to investigate whether and when firms’ investments in employees’ health and safety yield returns in terms of rents from human capital. This project has two main research objectives. First, the Researcher will use matched employer-employee data from France to analyze how differences in safety investments and practices across firms explain cross-firm differences in human capital outcomes (Cross-firm analysis). Second, the Researcher will collect unique data from (at least) one organization to investigate how differences in safety practices affect employee hiring, performance, and turnover (Within-firm analysis). The proposed project extends the literatures on strategy and human resources by providing an innovative theoretical and empirical account of the relationship between OHS and competitive advantage from human capital. The impact of this project will affect several communities, including scholars in management and OHS, students, as well as business and policy professional.

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ETABLISSEMENT D'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR CONSULAIRE HAUTES ETUDES COMMERCIALES DE PARIS
Net EU contribution
€ 184 707,84
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Rue de la liberation 1
78350 Jouy-en-josas
France

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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