Risk management and high reliability : a case study of Australian airport management

Devine, Michael J. (2014) Risk management and high reliability : a case study of Australian airport management. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis investigated risk management and organisational reliability in airports from the perspective of complex sociotechnical systems (CSSs). Two research studies were undertaken, the first focusing on the processes by which disruptive events occur, are detected and responded to; the second exploring the presence of organisational reliability traits within airports. A key result of the studies was the development of new approach: the Critical Incident Disturbance Process model that detailed a means to understand and analyse how disruptions in complex CSSs might be influenced by vulnerability reduction and enhanced risk management. Further, this thesis identified and defined the concept of 'compartmentalised reliability' in complex sociotechnical systems, extending existing knowledge of high reliability theory.

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ID Code: 77829
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Barnes, Paul, Goonetilleke, Ashantha, & Newton, Cameron
Keywords: Risk Management, Near-Miss, High Reliability, Agility, Disturbance, Crisis Management, Organisational Culture
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2014 04:18
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 06:01

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