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Are Family-Friendly Workplace Practices a Valuable Firm Resource?

Authors/Editors: Bloom, N.
Kretschmer, T.
Van Reenen, J.
Published: 2011
Type: Articles in Refereed Journals (International)
ISBN/ISSN: 0143-2095
Published by: Strategic Management Journal
: 32(4), pp. 343-367

Abstract

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.