TitleThe Tension Between Worker Safety and Organization Survival
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsPagell, M, Parkinson, M, Veltri, A, Gray, J, Wiengarten, F, Louis, M, Fynes, B
JournalManagement Science
Date Published05/2020

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 more than 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.

Short TitleManagement Science