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Does Employee Care Trigger Innovation Under a Healthy and Safe Working Environment? Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry in China

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International Business School, Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510800, China
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Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, 50002 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
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Academic Editor: Pedram Sendi
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020194
Received: 23 December 2020 / Revised: 14 January 2021 / Accepted: 26 January 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Burnout, Perceived Efficacy, Compassion Fatigue and Job Satisfaction)
Sustainability of the workforce becomes a crucial issue, of which responsible care for employees can increase job satisfaction and human capital that impact corporate ability to absorb and generate new knowledge. Firms are obligated to provide a healthy and safe working environment for their employees, but it may in turn hinder innovation due to rigid and structured institutional regulations. Drawing on data of 308 China’s pharmaceutical firms from 2010 to 2017, we investigated whether employee care can trigger innovation under corporate adoption of the occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). Our results suggest that both employee care and OHSMS adoption have a positive impact on innovation. Moreover, the positive relationship between employee care and innovation was more pronounced in firms that had adopted the OHSMS certification. These findings are valuable to policymakers and corporate managers in emerging economies through corroborating the important role of workforce sustainability in facilitating firm innovation. View Full-Text
Keywords: employee care; workforce sustainability; occupational health and safety; innovation; pharmaceutical industry employee care; workforce sustainability; occupational health and safety; innovation; pharmaceutical industry
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Yang, M.; Lin, Q.; Maresova, P. Does Employee Care Trigger Innovation Under a Healthy and Safe Working Environment? Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry in China. Healthcare 2021, 9, 194. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020194

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Yang M, Lin Q, Maresova P. Does Employee Care Trigger Innovation Under a Healthy and Safe Working Environment? Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry in China. Healthcare. 2021; 9(2):194. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020194

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Yang, Minghui, Qian Lin, and Petra Maresova. 2021. "Does Employee Care Trigger Innovation Under a Healthy and Safe Working Environment? Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry in China" Healthcare 9, no. 2: 194. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020194

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