Safety Management in a Relationship-Oriented Culture

Shang Hwa Hsu, Chun-Chia Lee
2012 International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics  
A relationship-oriented culture predominates in the Greater China region, where it is more important than in Western countries. Some characteristics of this culture influence strongly the organizational structure and interactions among members in an organization. This study aimed to explore the possible influence of relationships on safety management in relationship-oriented cultures. We hypothesized that organizational factors (management involvement and harmonious relationships) within a
more » ... ionship-oriented culture would influence supervisory work (ongoing monitoring and task instructions), the reporting system (selective reporting), and teamwork (team communication and co-ordination) in safety management at a group level, which would in turn influence individual reliance complacency, risk awareness, and practices. We distributed a safety climate questionnaire to the employees of Taiwanese high-risk industries. The results of structural equation modeling supported the hypothesis. This article also discusses the findings and implications for safety improvement in countries with a relationship-oriented culture. safety management safety climate relationship-oriented culture high-risk industry safety culture
doi:10.1080/10803548.2012.11076913 pmid:22429535 fatcat:dsw5stvv5zbovofra6xgy7ua5e