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ERIC Number: EJ1005231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1874-785X
The Perception of Error in Production Plants of a Chemical Organisation
Seifried, Jurgen; Hopfer, Eva
Vocations and Learning, v6 n2 p159-185 Jul 2013
There is considerable current interest in error-friendly corporate culture, one particular research question being how and under what conditions errors are learnt from in the workplace. This paper starts from the assumption that errors are inevitable and considers key factors which affect learning from errors in high responsibility organisations, focusing specifically on production plants in a chemical company. An attempt is made to conceptualize potential links between individual, collective and organisational levels of analysis on the one hand, and factors relevant to an error management culture on the other hand. This is followed by an empirical validation of the factors proposed by means of interviews with ten safety representatives and executives from production plants in a chemical company. A problem-centred interview technique was chosen focussing questions on a realistic near-miss event. The content analysis identified two relevant factors for constructive error handling in chemical production plants: a) the perception of an error as a learning opportunity, and b) psychological safety within work groups. On the basis of these findings, strategies are discussed for fostering an error management culture which allows learning from errors and provides suggestions for the handling of errors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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