Visar inlägg från juni, 2011

Application window open for the Master Program in Human Factors and Systems Safety

Since my co-supervisor professor Sidney Dekker left Lund University for Griffith University in Brisbane Australia, I have taken the responsibility for taking on the master program in Human Factors and Systems Safety that was founded by Sidney.

The program is a one-year master program (60 ECTS), but being intended for practitioners, who work in different safety critical industries all over the world, the course curriculum is spread over two years. Except for three course weeks in Lund during the first year of study the program is distance-based. The students will be guided through the relevant literature and meet up with each other through our online course system, facilitated by our excellent teachers. The program is run as commissioned education, meaning that the student's employer pays for the education. The fee to complete the entire program is 140 000 SEK.

We will start the next course in January 16-20 2012 with an intense course week in Lund.

The application form is now avail…

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Team training in complex industries

Some of my work is currently focusing on issues of team training. Recently I participated in the 4th Resilience Engineering Symposium with a paper (written together with two colleagues) reviewing the epistemological assumptions of team training as traditionally performed in high-risk industries such as aviation and shipping. We suggested that with the increasing complexities of socio-technical industries we cannot train our teams without considering the implications of such complexity.

When traditional training concepts carries the risk of simplifying and denying complexity (sometimes ending up in only encouraging the participants to try harder, be focused and vigilant) we outlined an agenda that we called Operational Resilience - with a specific focus on understanding and managing the problems and opportunities that follows with increased complexity, both for team training and team performance assessments (will have a scientific paper published concerning team performance assessment…

Resilience Engineering

Currently listening to the final presentation at the 4th Resilience Engineering Symposium in Sophia Antipolis, France. Last Wednesday I presented a paper called From Crew Resource Management to Operational Resiliencethat I have written together with Eder Henriqson (see the Brazil-trip below) and Nicklas Dahlström (see the Dubai-trip below).

Resilience thinking is definitely a promising and encouraging way to proceed in the field of managing safety and risk in complex and dynamic environments. This symposium has focused on practical implications of Resilience Engineering (which is basically a 6 year old think-tank) and some of them are really impressive. However there is an obvious risk that Resilience becomes another folk-model that is discussed as "sufficient" or "deficient" in organizations. That was never the purpose of introducing the concept and I feel there need to be voices raised here to put forward that concern. We do not want to see the conclusion "…

Updated page

Well, I decided to expand this page a bit to include publications and presentations. This is to start using it as  my personal webpage rather than as a travel-blog. I hope that you will enjoy (and that I will be good at updating it in the future).