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How do organizational structures impact operational safety? Part 1 - Understanding the dangers of decentralization

Monteiro, Gilsa; Hopkins, Andrew; Melo, Paulo Fernando Frutuoso e


This paper (Part 1) is about the influence of organizational structures on the way major accident risks are managed. It discusses how decentralization, meaning the dispersion of decision-making autonomy within the company, undermines operational safety. A case study is presented, and three real situations experienced by an oil and gas company are described, revealing how the decentralized structure contributed to the negative outcomes observed in each case. The examples demonstrate the need...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Safety Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2019.104568


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