Organisational Factors, the Last Frontier? [chapter]

Ivan Boissières
2020 SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology  
Significant advances have been made in the field of human and organisational factors (HOF) integration in industrial groups these last decades. Nowadays, HOF are generally quite structured in companies, in the form of a coalition between a few key departments and their allies. Nevertheless, various features limit their scope, notably in their impact on the organisation. First, we must acknowledge that the 'o' in Human and organisational Factors is a small 'o'. What lies behind this statement is
more » ... d this statement is that the human factors approach dominates, and the purely organisational approach is given far less attention. Then the various approaches usually remain limited to safety issues. HOF issues are rarely considered in strategic trade-offs, or in restructuring or management discussions. Finally, since the success of HOF implementation is mostly built on the political will and relationships of a few key individuals with top managers, they usually do not persist when these people leave. Beyond these observations, this chapter, based on a solid experience of HOF approaches that have been implemented since the 2000s in different industrial sectors, explores the underlying reasons for these limitations and proposes some ways forward for a better integration and sustainability of HOF in high-risk companies.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-25639-5_7 fatcat:5jguglikwvf3tpp7x5cfn3zpxi