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Are family-friendly workplace practices a valuable firm resource?

Bloom, Nick and Kretschmer, Tobias and Van Reenen, John (2011) Are family-friendly workplace practices a valuable firm resource? Strategic Management Journal, 32 (4). pp. 343-367. ISSN 0143-2095

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Identification Number: 10.1002/smj.879


We study the determinants and consequences of family-friendly workplace practices (FFWP) using a sample of over 450 manufacturing firms in Germany, France, U.K., and U.S. We find a positive correlation between firm productivity and FFWP. This association disappears, however, once we control for a measure of the quality of management practices. We further find that firms with a higher proportion of female managers and more skilled workers, as well as well-managed firms, tend to implement more FFWP. Conversely, a firm's environment does not have a significant impact on the FFWP it provides.

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Additional Information: © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 15:29
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 10:35

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