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New paper: Comparing safety culture and learning culture

Our paper (with Allison Littlejohn and Dane Lukic ) ‘Comparing safety culture and learning culture‘ has been accepted for publication in Risk Management journal (Risk Management (2015) doi:10.1057/rm.2015.2).

Extended abstract: This article examines the alignment of learning and safety culture in organisations. It tests the hypothesis that factors that indicate a good learning culture might also signify good safety and vice versa. The hypothesis was tested through an extensive literature review. Areas of alignment of learning culture and safety culture were identified. Six components of learning culture and safety culture can be measured by the same instrument. These components form guiding principles for measurement of safety culture and learning culture: open communication; employee empowerment; collaboration; alignment of espoused and enacted priorities; internal systemic alignment; management.  Another eight component areas were identified where learning culture and safety culture partially align: motivation; recognition and rewards; competence; commitment; workplace condition; risk; opportunities for learning; and policy and procedures. Four further components were found to be relevant to either safety culture or learning culture and do not align: social regulation; safety versus productivity; equipment; and innovation.  Overall, there is a relationship between learning culture and safety culture, but gauging one does not provide a reliable measure of the other.

Professorial post at Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University

We are recruiting again. Caledonian Academy is relatively new and we have established a dynamic group of colleagues working across research and development. We now have a new Chair post and would welcome applications from interested colleagues.

Professor of Learning innovation
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
£51,276 to £64,125 per annum

The Caledonian Academy is a flagship initiative at Glasgow Caledonian University driving forward innovation in learning and teaching through the integration of research and practice. We require an ambitious and creative Professor of Learning Innovation to lead the embedding of ideas and new approaches from research into the curriculum, ensuring that the Academy’s research and development initiatives are complementary and integrated.

You will lead academics within a dynamic Learning Development team, work closely with academic schools and will carry out research in an area of strategic importance to the university. You should have an excellent national or international profile in research. You should have a PhD and be prepared to lead a Doctoral degree programme and contribute to postgraduate level teaching and professional activities.

Closing date June 30th 2008

For more information contact allison.littlejohn@gcal.ac.uk . Application form