Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology

Volume 7, Issue 4 (December 2017)

ISSN Print: 2162-5999   ISSN Online: 2162-6006

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Resilience Engineering: An Integrative Review of Fundamental Concepts and Directions for Future Research in Safety Management

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DOI: 10.4236/ojsst.2017.74012    873 Downloads   1,958 Views   Citations
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This paper reviews the literature on resilience engineering as a safety management approach. Preferred Reporting Items for Reporting Systematic Reviews guidelines were used to search, select and evaluate 46 published works. The terms organisational resilience and resilience engineering are clarified, and functionalist and interpretive research frameworks used to analyze articles. This review suggests there is no universally agreed definition of resilience engineering; but it involves a collective aspect, is multifactorial, multilevel and multidimensional; associated with four key principles (anticipation, response, learning and monitoring) and successful outcomes. The gap between work as imagined and work as performed is an important aspect. Studies on resilience engineering have predominantly involved qualitative investigations; with data collected through site observations, safety audits and surveys. Eight research gaps were identified, and suggestions made on how these gaps can be addressed through empirical research.

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Pillay, M. (2017) Resilience Engineering: An Integrative Review of Fundamental Concepts and Directions for Future Research in Safety Management. Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology, 7, 129-160. doi: 10.4236/ojsst.2017.74012.

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