Symposium 2464 - Safety Performance In High Reliability Organizations (I): The Role Of Leadership.

Leadership and safety
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:45 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Occupational and organizational safety
Leadership and safety
Safety performance in high reliability organizations (I): The role of leadership.
M. Martínez-Córcoles 1,*, G. Luria 2
1Department of Industrial Psychology, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, 2Faculty of Welfare and Health Sciences, Department of Human Services, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art: Leadership has been demonstrated to be one of the most relevant factors influencing safety performance in high risk industries. Although this link is quite clear, many broader questions remain still unanswered. For instance, it is unclear how the collaboration between companies and government affects the overall performance of facilities, what leadership style is suitable under high standardization versus highly volatile environments, or how certain leadership style influences performance factors over time. Our symposium will be focused on closing these gaps.
New Perspectives/Contributions: Schöbel (abstract 1) will contribute to enhance our knowledge about the risk of stimulating endgame behavior and reducing safety levels at German nuclear power plants during phase out. Karanikas (abstract 2) will contribute presenting a tool which includes important communication variables in order to enhance safety performance in aviation. Martínez-Córcoles (abstract 3) will contribute to our knowledge with a longitudinal design studying empowering leadership as predictor of job satisfaction, one of the well-known antecedents of safety performance. Stephanou (abstract 4) will present an empirical study about how transactional leadership fosters safety performance in Greek Special Forces. Finally, Guediri (abstract 5) will shed light on the importance of the leadership moderation.
Research/Practical Implications: Our symposium collects new empirical insights answering unexplored research questions about leadership and safety performance, as well as its link. It also encompasses new methodologies (game theory, LGCM) in their study, as well as intervention practices to increase safety performance in high risk industries.


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