Organizational catalysers and organizational human behaviour

Reaserch Team:

Teresa d’Oliveira (Project Leader)


Project's Summary:

Most recent analyses of workplace safety have proposed that attitudinal and behavioural individual responses are the manifest facets of several organizational factors and processes (e.g., Reason, 1990, 1997). In particular, human error and violations of work procedures or rules can be traced to fragilities in several organizational processes like training, work organization and planning, accident and incident investigation, supervision, organizational objectives, amongst others. Although such proposals are supported in the literature in a consistent matter, namely as the background to applied interventions, very few studies attempted to analyse such relation. This project considers these issues and explores different ways of developing such theoretical proposals. In a first approach the evaluation of organizational practices is considered and the project explores ways of evaluating the organizational factors and processes that may act as catalysers of human intervention. In a second approach the project considers attitudinal and behavioural individual responses that may act as precursors of inadequate human intervention (e.g., human error and violation of work procedures and rules).


Project’s aims:

Contributions of this project to the literature are intended in several areas:
1.Explore how organizational practices and processes may act as catalysers of organizational human behavior (e.g., promote shared cognition and shared mental models) and how these should be evaluated (e.g., the development of collective knowledge sharedness);
2.Identification of potential precursors of inadequate human intervention (e.g., fatigue, risk perceptions, workplace aggression and dysfunctional behaviours).

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