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Human Resource Management Technology Diffusion through Global Supply Chains: Buyer-directed Factory-based Health Care in India

By Drusilla K. Brown, Thomas Downes, Karen Eggleston and Ratna Kumari


Summary We examine the role that buyers in global supply chains play in helping vendors uncover productivity-enhancing labor management innovations. We report on a buyer-directed NGO-coordinated factory-based program targeting intestinal parasites and anemia in seven Bangalore apparel factories. Raw pre-post productivity comparisons were confounded by factory organizational changes that were implemented in anticipation of the termination of the Multi Fiber Arrangement (MFA). Using a difference-in-difference-in-difference (DDD) estimator, a full complement of medically appropriate treatment was found to increase individual productivity of anemic workers by 8% relative to non-anemic workers.corporate social responsibility anemia parasites apparel productivity Albendazole India

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