Title

Evaluating the Accident Rate: Cultural and Organizational Factors as Major Challenges in the Improvement of Aviation Safety–Analysis of Related Accidents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

City

Dayton

Abstract

This paper aims at examining the accident rate in the aviation industry and specifically at understanding why the accident rate has been decreasing at a gradually slower rate in the past few decades. We highlight an emerging trend of accidents where major safety threats were allowed to remain unnoticed and unaddressed until a crash eventually occurred, with the further goal of analyzing the apparent difficulty that the industry has in effectively handling and addressing safety threats before crashes occur. In the article we analyze the organizational factors that most likely allow this detrimental phenomenon to take place and we examine what guidelines can be found in the Organizational Behavior literature to help examine and develop potential countermeasures.


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