Factors in the Growth and Decline of System Safety within Organizations

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System safety as a technical field faces numerous opportunities, and some challenges, in the high technology, low cost future. As a relatively small field best known in high consequence domains (defense, aviation, space) it may have to tailor its messages and approaches to influence organizations (both private and public) pressured by incessant competition and ''Internet time.'' We present a model of organizations as cultures that carefully ration attention and reward personnel who successfully pursue goals. These evolving goals result from a fusing of both external influences (market share: regulation) and internal influences (dominant group identities such as marketers or engineers). ... continued below

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GANTER, JOHN H. & STORAGE, WILLIAM K. August 16, 1999.

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System safety as a technical field faces numerous opportunities, and some challenges, in the high technology, low cost future. As a relatively small field best known in high consequence domains (defense, aviation, space) it may have to tailor its messages and approaches to influence organizations (both private and public) pressured by incessant competition and ''Internet time.'' We present a model of organizations as cultures that carefully ration attention and reward personnel who successfully pursue goals. These evolving goals result from a fusing of both external influences (market share: regulation) and internal influences (dominant group identities such as marketers or engineers). In the context of organizational goals, these same influences cause people to search narrowly and quickly for technologies and ideas that can fit through ''influence gates'' in the organization and that will likely grow there. System safety must thus compete with all manner of cost-cutting and quality management approaches, in an environment currently obsessed with short-term value and return on investment. From this model we develop some ideas for the communication and promotion of system safety that could increase the net impact and effectiveness of the field.

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  • 17th International System Safety Conference, Orlando, FL (US), 08/16/1999--08/21/1999

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  • Report No.: SAND99-0211C
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 12713
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GANTER, JOHN H. & STORAGE, WILLIAM K. Factors in the Growth and Decline of System Safety within Organizations, article, August 16, 1999; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc627292/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.