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dc.contributor.authorLafuente González, Esteban Miguel
dc.contributor.authorAbad Puente, Jesús
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Organització d'Empreses
dc.identifier.citationLafuente, E., Abad, J. Analysis of the relationship between the adoption of the OHSAS 18001 and business performance in different organizational contexts. "Safety science", 2018, vol. 103, p. 12-22.
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates how the characteristics of operational processes—systematic and project-based—affect the impact of adopting the safety management systems on different performance metrics. The proposed approach allows the development of a framework which matches safety problems and risks encompassed by organizational tasks with solutions generated by new safety knowledge linked to the adoption of the OHSAS 18001 standard. Our analysis of the effect over work accidents, as well as operational and economic performance of implementing the OHSAS 18001 in Spanish manufacturing, construction and professional services organizations during 2006–2009 shows that organizations modify existing safety practices to mitigate work accidents, and that safety learning effects widely vary across industry sectors. Organizations whose current knowledge is mostly codified and processes are highly systematic benefit more from safety knowledge and experience, whereas the effects of the OHSAS 18001 dilute in organizations whose knowledge is high in tacitness, and whose processes difficult the visibility of the consequences of work accidents. This study has important implications for managing knowledge acquisition processes. The findings offer valuable insights on how managers can develop communication and coordination actions to cope with the potential incompatibilities between safety management systems, the properties of knowledge and work environmental conditions.
dc.format.extent11 p.
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Economia i organització d'empreses::Gestió de la qualitat
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Economia i organització d'empreses::Seguretat industrial::Prevenció de riscos laborals
dc.subject.lcshSafety regulations
dc.subject.otherWork safety
dc.subject.otherOHSAS 18001
dc.subject.otherAccumulated safety experience
dc.subject.otherAccident reduction
dc.subject.otherOperational performance
dc.subject.otherEconomic performance
dc.titleAnalysis of the relationship between the adoption of the OHSAS 18001 and business performance in different organizational contexts
dc.subject.lemacReglaments de seguretat
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.relation.projectidMinisterio de Economia y Competitividad ECO2013-48496-C4-4-R
local.citation.authorLafuente, E.; Abad, J.
local.citation.publicationNameSafety science

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