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“Tough Love”: Unpacking the dynamics of Turner’s stage 6 (cultural readjustment)

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posted on 21.12.2017, 10:12 authored by Matt Whitehead, Gyuchan Thomas JunGyuchan Thomas Jun, Patrick WatersonPatrick Waterson
This study examines the perceptions and attitudes of RAF personnel following the 2006 fatal loss of Nimrod XV230 and subsequent Public Inquiry. The main focus was “cultural readjustment” and organisational learning. Phase 1 was carried out in 2010-2011 (18-month aftermath following the Haddon-Cave report) and Phase 2 in 2016 using follow up interviews, focus groups, observations and document analysis. The results point to a number of barriers to change in the early days post-inquiry, including fear of litigation and risk aversion, a military culture of ‘can-do’, normalized rule-breaking and insufficient safety expertise. Facilitators include leadership and followership, publicity and training and an enhanced regulatory framework. Ongoing disrupting factors were identified that may make the organisation vulnerable e.g. churn of critical personnel. The study suggests that organisations settle into a new quasi-stationary equilibrium following disaster, which may provide the ‘illusion’ of safety through increased safety bureaucracy.

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9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work

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WHITEHEAD, M., JUN, G.T. and WATERSON, P., 2017. “Tough Love”: Unpacking the dynamics of Turner’s stage 6 (cultural readjustment). IN: Bernatik, A., Kocurkova, L. and Jorgensen, K. (eds). Prevention of Accidents at Work: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work (WOS 2017), October 3-6, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic, pp. 31-38.

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CRC Press © Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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2017

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Prevention of Accidents at Work: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work (WOS 2017) on 18 September 2017, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9781138037960.

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9781138037960;9781351710800

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en

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Prague, Czech Republic

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