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Safe Performance in a World of Global Networks

Case Studies, Collaborative Practices and Governance Principles

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  • Analyzes understudied forms of contracting and collaboration between firms
  • Presents critical interdisciplinary views on effects of development of inter-organizational relationships

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Part of the book sub series: SpringerBriefs in Safety Management (BRIEFSSM)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)


About this book

This open access book provides an analytical and critical outlook, by leading scholars, of the impact of various trends in the quality of collaboration and resulting safety outcomes that arise from the evolution of traditional integrated production within a single firm into a complex web of partnerships and supply chains. In the face of increasing fragmentation within industrial production and the associated rise in the complexity of inter-organizational communication and transaction, this book analyses causal factors such as cost pressures, globalization of demand, increasingly flexible resource allocation and work organization, changes in legal liability and the possibilities afforded by information technology.

Various case studies focus on the effects of crossing boundaries between organizations, between different trades and professions and between countries, assessing the effect of variations in regulatory structures and national cultures. Furthermore, they illustrate the wide range of organizational forms to be found in high-hazard industries today and the impact, potential or real, of the variety of forms of partnership on safety and well-being at work. The contributors assess the effect of out-sourcing and of various forms of partnership and governance on safety at work and how they can be made to support the prevention of major accident hazards. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks (Ineris), Verneuil-en-Halatte, France

    Jean-Christophe Le Coze

  • Département Gestion et Conseil (GESCO), Université de Nantes, Nantes, France

    Benoît Journé

About the editors

Jean-Christophe Le Coze is a safety researcher (Ph.D., Mines ParisTech) at INERIS, the French national institute for environmental safety. His activities combine ethnographic studies and action research in various safety-critical systems, with an empirical, theoretical, historical, visual and epistemological orientation. He has authored several books and numerous journal articles on safety science and is an associate editor of the journal Safety Science.

Benoît Journé is a professor of management at the University of Nantes, France, and director of the RESOH chair at the IMT Atlantique—LEMNA. His research concerns reliability and resilience of high-hazard industrial systems, and in particular nuclear power, and pragmatist approaches to strategy and management. He is the author of numerous journal articles and editor of several collective volumes on safety science topics. 

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