JCLL Lecture: Prof. Dr. Bernd Frick University of Paderborn
Prof. Dr. Bernd Frick
Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, University of Paderborn
Dec 4 2012 - 16:30
Seminar Room, Jacobs Center, Research V
The Hidden Costs of “Healthy” Shift Plans: Empirical Evidence from a Large Automobile Plant
Dr. Bernd Frick is Professor of Organizational and Media Economics in the Department of Management and Vice President of the University of Paderborn with the responsibility for strategy, finance, and international relations. His Diploma, Doctorate and Habilitation were received from the University of Trier. Dr. Frick’s research interests are in labor and personnel economics, organizational economics as well as in sports economics.
Although shift work is common in many industries, the impact of different shift schedules has not yet been studied extensively by economists and the topic has until lately remained a domain for occupational medicine. In recent times, though, a number of “case studies” from a wide variety of sectors and different countries have been published that use detailed longitudinal data from one firm/a small number of firms to identify the productivity effects of specific personnel policies.
In his study design, Dr. Bernd Frick uses monthly data on absenteeism in some 450 organizational units in a large German automobile company to analyze the impact of a change in the shift schedule.