Title

Teamwork, monitoring and absence

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Volume

68

Issue

3-4

First Page

676

Last Page

690

Keywords

Team production, Teams, Monitoring, Absence

Abstract

We present a model showing that firms with interdependent worker productivity (team production) have a higher cost of absence and as a consequence will spend additional resources on monitoring absence. As a result, firms with team production should have lower absence rates, all else equal. Using the Workplace Employment Relations Survey (UK), we are the first to estimate each of these related associations showing that absence has a greater cost in the face of team production, that firms with team production engage in greater monitoring and that firms with team production have reduced absence.

DOI

10.1016/j.jebo.2008.09.004

Print ISSN

01672681

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Copyright © 2008 Elsevier B.V.

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Recommended Citation

Heywood, J. S., Jirijahn, U., & Wei, X. (2008). Teamwork, monitoring and absence. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 68(3-4), 676-690. doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2008.09.004