Strategies for embedding agile decision making in aviation infrastructure

Devine, Michael Joseph, Barnes, Paul H., & Donnet, Timothy (2015) Strategies for embedding agile decision making in aviation infrastructure. In Barnes, Paul H. & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (Eds.) The 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction. (8-10 July 2013), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 265-269.

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Abstract

As highlighted by previous work in Normal Accident Theory1 and High Reliability Organisations, 2 the ability of a system to be flexible is of critical importance to its capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disturbance and disasters. This paper proposes that the research into ‘edge organisations’3 and ‘agility’4 is a potential means to operationalise components that embed high reliable traits in the management and oversight of critical infrastructure systems.

Much prior work has focused on these concepts in a military frame whereas the study reported on here examines the application of these concepts to aviation infrastructure, specifically, a commercial international airport. As a commercial entity functions in a distinct manner from a military organisation this study aims to better understand the complementary and contradictory components of the application of agility work to a commercial context. Findings highlight the challenges of making commercial operators of infrastructure systems agile as well as embedding traits of High Reliability in such complex infrastructure settings.

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ID Code: 61353
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Crisis Management, Agile Decision-Making, High Reliability, Aviation Infrastructure, CEDM, Risk-informed Disaster Management: Planning for Response, Recovery and Resilience
ISBN: 9781921897733
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
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Current > Schools > School of Management
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Deposited On: 14 Jul 2013 23:21
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2015 00:29

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