Systematic impact of institutional pressures on safety climate in the construction industry

He, Qinghua, Dong, Shuang, Rose, Timothy M., Li, Heng, Yin, Qin, & Cao, Dongping (2016) Systematic impact of institutional pressures on safety climate in the construction industry. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 93, pp. 230-239.

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This paper explores how three types of institutional pressure (i.e., coercive, mimetic and normative pressures) systematically impact on the safety climate of construction projects. These impacts are empirically tested by survey data collected from 186 questionnaires of construction companies operating in Shanghai, China. The results, obtained by partial least squares analysis, show that organizational management commitment to safety and employee involvement is positively related to all three institutional pressures, while the perception of responsibility for safety and health is significantly influenced by coercive and mimetic pressure. However, coercive and normative pressures have no significant effect on the applicability of safety rules and work practices, revealing the importance of external organizational pressures in improving project safety climate from a systematic view. The findings also provide insights into the use of institutional forces to facilitate the improvement of safety climate in the construction industry.

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ID Code: 99913
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Safety climate, Institutional theory, Institutional pressures, Systematic effects, Construction industry
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2015.11.034
ISSN: 0001-4575
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2016 00:50
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 05:03

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