Outsourcing occupational safety and health: an analysis of the make or buy decision
Nunez, Imanol. (2009) Outsourcing occupational safety and health: an analysis of the make or buy decision. Human Resource Management Journal, Vol.48 (No.6). pp. 941-958. ISSN 0954-5395Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hrm.20323
This paper investigates the factors affecting the outsourcing decision of occupational safety and health (OSH) services. I posit several hypotheses following the three main approaches to the make or buy question: (1) the transaction cost theory, (2) the resource-based view of the firm, and (3) the behavioral decision-making framework. The empirical analysis draws on microdata from 3,047 Spanish firms that are legally obliged to provide organized OSH activities but free to choose the option to outsource. Results show that informational symmetries and increasing transaction costs mainly explain the decision to outsource the OSH activity. Organizational behavior variables, such as management commitment to safety and workers' representation, also relate to the outcome of the decision but not necessarily as hypothesized. Finally, I did not generally observe the strategic value of safety in informing the make or buy decision. (C) 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Employment Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Human Resource Management Journal|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 941-958|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Spanish Ministry of Education and Science|
|Grant number:||SEC2007-67737-C03- 02/ECON|
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