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Failure to adapt or adaptations that fail: Contrasting models on procedures and safety
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial ergonomics .
2003 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, Vol. 34, no 3, 233-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper introduces two models on procedures and safety and assesses the practical consequences these have for organizations trying to make progress on safety through procedures. The application of procedures is contrasted as rote rule following versus substantive cognitive activity. It reveals a fundamental double bind: operators can fail to adapt procedures when adapting proved necessary, or attempt procedural adaptations that may fail. Rather than simply increasing pressure to comply, organizations should invest in their understanding of the gap between procedures and practice, and help develop operators' skill at adapting. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2003. Vol. 34, no 3, 233-238 p.
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Adaptation, Procedures, Safety
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46658DOI: 10.1016/S0003-6870(03)00031-0OAI: diva2:267554
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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