Human factors influencing decision-making: tendencies from first-line management decisions and implications to reduce major accidents

R. Moura, E. Patelli, J. Lewis, C. Morais, M. Beer

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Abstract

Decision-making processes are in the helm of organisations, constituting an essential capability to promote companies’ missions. Major accidents, however, can deeply affect the continuity of operations, and many of the findings arising from recent investigation reports relate to poor managerial decisions, triggering operational sequences which result in undesirable outcomes. Thus, the purpose of this study is to analyse first-line management decisions, in order to reveal common patterns affecting human factors and improve decision-making processes. Management decisions from the worst accident occurred in offshore Brazilian waters in the past fifteen years are scrutinised, using the publicly-available investigation report from the regulatory bodies as basis. Then, a data mining approach will be applied to a major-accident dataset, and analogous tendencies are revealed and compared with the case study. Problems arising from human factors associated with the lack of managerial rules and principles are investigated, and implications to improve decision-making processes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety and Reliability – Theory and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017
EditorsMarko Cepin, Radim Briš
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages251-260
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2017
Event27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017 - Portorož, Slovenia
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017
CountrySlovenia
CityPortorož
Period18/06/1722/06/17

Keywords

  • decision making
  • management decision making
  • managing major accidents

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    Moura, R., Patelli, E., Lewis, J., Morais, C., & Beer, M. (2017). Human factors influencing decision-making: tendencies from first-line management decisions and implications to reduce major accidents. In M. Cepin, & R. Briš (Eds.), Safety and Reliability – Theory and Applications: Proceedings of the 27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017 (pp. 251-260).