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Findings on Risk Management Reported by Investigators at Griffith University

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Investigators discuss new findings in Risk Management. According to news reporting originating from Nathan, Australia, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The concept of culture is now widely used by those who conduct research on safety and work-related injury outcomes. We argue that as the term has been applied by an increasingly diverse set of disciplines, its scope has broadened beyond how it was defined and intended for use by sociologists and anthropologists."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Griffith University, "As a result, this more inclusive concept has lost some of its precision and analytic power. We suggest that the utility of this 'new' understanding of culture could be improved if researchers more clearly delineated the ideological - the socially constructed abstract systems of meaning, norms, beliefs and values (which we refer to as culture) - from concrete behaviors, social relations and other properties of workplaces (e.g., organizational structures) and of society itself. This may help researchers investigate how culture and social structures can affect safety and injury outcomes with increased analytic rigor."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "In addition, maintaining an analytical distinction between culture and other social factors can help intervention efforts better understand the target of the intervention and therefore may improve chances of both scientific and instrumental success."

For more information on this research see: Setting culture apart: Distinguishing culture from behavior and social structure in safety and injury research. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;68():25-29. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Accident Analysis and Prevention -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.J. Myers, Griffith University, Sch Psychol, University of Queensland, Sch Humanities, Nathan, Qld 4111, Australia. Additional authors for this research include J.M. Nyce and S.W.A. Dekker.

Keywords for this news article include: Nathan, Risk Management, Australia and New Zealand

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