Skills and Traits as Contributors to Senior Managerial Safety Commitment

Laura Sophie Fruhen, Kathryn Jane Mearns, Rhona Flin, Barry Kirwan

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Abstract

Safety commitment is proposed to be the most important competence for senior managerial influence on organisational safety. In order to understand what contributes to safety commitment, this study investigates the Big-Five personality dimensions (extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness to experience & emotional stability) and problem solving (understanding the problem and idea generation) as antecedents of senior managers’ safety commitment. Senior managers working in air traffic management (N=60) participated in interviews and completed questionnaires. Based on bootstrapped regressions, the findings indicate a positive effect of ‘understanding the problem’ but not ‘idea generation’ on safety commitment, as well as a positive relation between emotional stability and safety commitment. It is suggested that, based on these findings, selection criteria, guidance and best practice sharing for senior managers working in high reliability industries could focus on problem solving (specifically on understanding the problem) and personality in order to support them in their commitment to safety.
Keywords: senior managers, safety commitment, characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012)
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventEleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012) - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 25 Jun 201229 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceEleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012)
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period25/06/1229/06/12

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Safety
Senior managers
Emotion
Idea generation
Problem solving
Extraversion
Best practice
Questionnaire
Industry
Conscientiousness
Air traffic management
Key words
Agreeableness
Openness
Big Five
Guidance
Selection criteria

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Fruhen, L. S., Mearns, K. J., Flin, R., & Kirwan, B. (2012). Skills and Traits as Contributors to Senior Managerial Safety Commitment. In Eleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012)

Skills and Traits as Contributors to Senior Managerial Safety Commitment. / Fruhen, Laura Sophie; Mearns, Kathryn Jane; Flin, Rhona; Kirwan, Barry.

Eleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012). 2012.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Fruhen, LS, Mearns, KJ, Flin, R & Kirwan, B 2012, Skills and Traits as Contributors to Senior Managerial Safety Commitment. in Eleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012). Eleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012), Helsinki, Finland, 25/06/12.
Fruhen LS, Mearns KJ, Flin R, Kirwan B. Skills and Traits as Contributors to Senior Managerial Safety Commitment. In Eleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012). 2012
Fruhen, Laura Sophie ; Mearns, Kathryn Jane ; Flin, Rhona ; Kirwan, Barry. / Skills and Traits as Contributors to Senior Managerial Safety Commitment. Eleventh Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference (PSAM11) and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2012). 2012.
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