Are Family-Friendly Workplace Practices a Valuable Firm Resource?
Van Reenen, J.
|Type:||Articles in Refereed Journals (International)|
|Published by:||Strategic Management Journal|
|:||32(4), pp. 343-367|
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.