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Protecting workers through supply chains: Lessons from two construction case studies

James, Philip, Walters, David, Sampson, Helen and Wadsworth, Emma 2015. Protecting workers through supply chains: Lessons from two construction case studies. Economic and Industrial Democracy 36 (4) , pp. 727-747. 10.1177/0143831X14532296

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Abstract

Two case studies of the successful use of supply chains to support the effective management of health and safety on constructions sites are analysed to identify the factors supporting this success. The analysis reveals that a combination of external regulatory pressures and an industry structure facilitative of the establishment and implementation of ‘good practice’ played a crucial role in the outcomes achieved. It is concluded therefore that while the findings lend weight to policy initiatives to utilise the power dynamics in supply chains to protect working conditions, they also suggest that surrounding institutional and industrial contexts exert a potentially crucial influence over their effectiveness. Consequently, it is further argued that such initiatives need to be responsively shaped to them.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Additional Information: Contingent work; health and safety work; regulation supply chains; trade unions
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0143-831X
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 11:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/64787

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