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Title: Factors in the Growth and Decline of System Safety within Organizations

Abstract

System safety as a technical field faces numerous opportunities, and some challenges, in the high technology, low cost future. As a relatively small field best known in high consequence domains (defense, aviation, space) it may have to tailor its messages and approaches to influence organizations (both private and public) pressured by incessant competition and ''Internet time.'' We present a model of organizations as cultures that carefully ration attention and reward personnel who successfully pursue goals. These evolving goals result from a fusing of both external influences (market share: regulation) and internal influences (dominant group identities such as marketers or engineers). In the context of organizational goals, these same influences cause people to search narrowly and quickly for technologies and ideas that can fit through ''influence gates'' in the organization and that will likely grow there. System safety must thus compete with all manner of cost-cutting and quality management approaches, in an environment currently obsessed with short-term value and return on investment. From this model we develop some ideas for the communication and promotion of system safety that could increase the net impact and effectiveness of the field.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
12713
Report Number(s):
SAND99-0211C
TRN: AH200120%%401
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 17th International System Safety Conference, Orlando, FL (US), 08/16/1999--08/21/1999; Other Information: PBD: 16 Aug 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; MANAGEMENT; MARKETERS; SAFETY; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; INFORMATION DISSEMINATION; COST; ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR; ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN; SYSTEM SAFETY CULTURE

Citation Formats

GANTER, JOHN H., and STORAGE, WILLIAM K. Factors in the Growth and Decline of System Safety within Organizations. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
GANTER, JOHN H., & STORAGE, WILLIAM K. Factors in the Growth and Decline of System Safety within Organizations. United States.
GANTER, JOHN H., and STORAGE, WILLIAM K. Mon . "Factors in the Growth and Decline of System Safety within Organizations". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/12713.
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abstractNote = {System safety as a technical field faces numerous opportunities, and some challenges, in the high technology, low cost future. As a relatively small field best known in high consequence domains (defense, aviation, space) it may have to tailor its messages and approaches to influence organizations (both private and public) pressured by incessant competition and ''Internet time.'' We present a model of organizations as cultures that carefully ration attention and reward personnel who successfully pursue goals. These evolving goals result from a fusing of both external influences (market share: regulation) and internal influences (dominant group identities such as marketers or engineers). In the context of organizational goals, these same influences cause people to search narrowly and quickly for technologies and ideas that can fit through ''influence gates'' in the organization and that will likely grow there. System safety must thus compete with all manner of cost-cutting and quality management approaches, in an environment currently obsessed with short-term value and return on investment. From this model we develop some ideas for the communication and promotion of system safety that could increase the net impact and effectiveness of the field.},
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