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The role of blame in the risk management of everything : a study of risk management style and implications for safety culture in train operating companies in Great Britain


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Weyman, A., 2008. The role of blame in the risk management of everything : a study of risk management style and implications for safety culture in train operating companies in Great Britain. In: Proceedings of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers Conference 2008. .

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Abstract

Taking its inspiration from theoretical commentaries on the rise of 'the risk society', this paper reports on an empirical study of risk management practices in the railways sector in Great Britain. Although rooted within the workplace safety culture tradition the evidence cited takes the interpretation of variables impacting on the profile of blame and accountability beyond the boundaries of the organisation, in referencing interpretations to the wider social profile of risk. Qualitative findings from interviews and focus groups (N ~ 580) indicate that blame operates as a core defining characteristic of railway culture, impacting upon how risk is reacted to and managed, by organisations and individuals. Fundamentally risk averse orientations highlight tensions between defensive coping strategies, focused on mitigation of corporate and personal liabilities and effective hazard management and control. Findings are discussed with reference to implications for organisational learning

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Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsWeyman, A.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
StatusPublished
ID Code31405

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