Purpose: The purpose of this study is to assess the influence of uncertainty on workplace accidents at the plant level. Furthermore, this study explores such relation in complex settings (i.e., manufacturing networks) and assesses whether or not information sharing in such environments can reduce the potentially negative impact of uncertainty on accidents. Design/methodology/approach: To assess the relationships between uncertainty, accidents and information sharing we utilise cross-country survey data collected through the sixth iteration of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS). We conceptualise workplace accidents through production time lost due to accidents. Furthermore, we conduct multiple regression analyses to test our hypotheses. Findings: Results suggest that procurement, production, and demand uncertainties do indeed lead to an increase in workplace accidents at the plant level. Furthermore, the negative impact of uncertainty can be significantly reduced through information sharing. Originality/value: This study represents a comprehensive attempt to simultaneously assess the impact of uncertainty on workplace accidents at the plant level and the possible moderating impact of information sharing.

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Wiengarten, Frank; Longoni, Annachiara

How does uncertainty affect workplace accidents? Exploring the role of information sharing in manufacturing networks

01/2018
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to assess the influence of uncertainty on workplace accidents at the plant level. Furthermore, this study explores such relation in complex settings (i.e., manufacturing networks) and assesses whether or not information sharing in such environments can reduce the potentially negative impact of uncertainty on accidents. Design/methodology/approach: To assess the relationships between uncertainty, accidents and information sharing we utilise cross-country survey data collected through the sixth iteration of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS). We conceptualise workplace accidents through production time lost due to accidents. Furthermore, we conduct multiple regression analyses to test our hypotheses. Findings: Results suggest that procurement, production, and demand uncertainties do indeed lead to an increase in workplace accidents at the plant level. Furthermore, the negative impact of uncertainty can be significantly reduced through information sharing. Originality/value: This study represents a comprehensive attempt to simultaneously assess the impact of uncertainty on workplace accidents at the plant level and the possible moderating impact of information sharing.
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How does uncertainty affect workplace accidents? Exploring the role of information sharing in manufacturing networks
Wiengarten, Frank; Longoni, Annachiara
International Journal of Operations & Production Management
Vol. 38, n 1, 01/2018, p. 295 - 310

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