Much of the safety climate research captures only a transient state in the aviation environment, by extension limiting organizational responses to transactional approaches. The limits of the transient annual safety climate audit traps safety attitudinal/behavioral research in a static or reactive cycle. The present study takes advantage of a collegiate aviation environment with multiple training locations (each with its own culture), participating in regular safety climate audits across flight operations, to develop an enhanced safety culture model. Using longitudinal climate data collected from the organization, the authors present a mixed-methods trend analysis of safety climate changes to date, incorporating organizational structure and resource variables. The longitudinal model creates a more comprehensive evaluation of the long-term safety culture of the organization at all training locations and creates a new format for a more enhanced organizational response. The study utilizes the new longitudinal model as a framework for developing systems-based responses to climate concerns, and in turn documenting the impact of the organizational changes made in result. This paper presents initial findings based on the primary training location; final results are presented at the ISAP meeting and available after the presentation. Application across multiple aviation operation settings are discussed, including characteristics and strategies for improving organizational response tosafety climate and culture evaluations.
Bowen, E. E.,
& Roggow, B. J.
(2017). Longitudinal Safety Climate Analysis: Modeling for Enhanced Organizational Response. 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 173-178.