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The Organisational Salience and the Perceived Influence of Operational Safety Professionals An examination of Hopkins’ hypothesis that decentralised hierarchical structures limit the capacity of technical experts and specialists to promote operational safety priorities in corporate decision-making processes

Balu, Savitha


This research examines Hopkins’ argument, in his analysis of the BP Texas City Refinery disaster, that a decentralised organisational structure contributed to a “blindness to major risk”. Hopkins asserts that communications along hierarchical lines of operational accountability allow for safety-critical information to be discounted by intermediaries with commercial priorities. He suggests that fully independent and centralised lines of functional...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5c7e426ded123


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