There is safety in power, or power in safety

Dekker, Sidney W. A. and Nyce, James M. (2014) There is safety in power, or power in safety. Safety Science, 67 44-49. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2013.10.013


Author Dekker, Sidney W. A.
Nyce, James M.
Title There is safety in power, or power in safety
Journal name Safety Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0925-7535
Publication date 2014-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2013.10.013
Open Access Status
Volume 67
Start page 44
End page 49
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Power and politics are profoundly implicated in organizational accidents. Yet the safety-scientific literature remains relatively uncommitted to a research agenda that would make power a critical category in our understanding of organizational safety. This has consequences for the field's scholarship and for safety praxis. This paper reviews how power in the literature has been elided or treated as an instrumental force where views of reality compete for acceptance and dominance. Despite its recent preoccupation with "safety culture," the literature has only just started embracing power as embodied in discourse or in the legitimated procedures and organizational processes for the production and acceptance of safety. We conclude with suggestions for how such a research agenda might look.
Keyword Power
Safety science
Human error
Enlightenment
Safety culture
Social science
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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