Individual agency in learning from incidents

Lukic, Dane; Margaryan, Anoush and Littlejohn, Allison (2013). Individual agency in learning from incidents. Human Resource Development International, 16(4) pp. 409–425.



Learning from incidents (LFI) is perceived as a key mechanism for improving safety and preventing future mishaps in the workplace. Employees' active engagement in the LFI process is viewed as essential for effective and deep LFI. This article explores the role of the employee in LFI by examining individual agency within LFI initiatives and the factors that impact such agency in organizational learning. Individual agency refers to one's perception of the extent to which one can make decisions and judgements related to one's job including active participation in organizational safety practices. The article reports results of a qualitative study conducted within two multinational companies in the energy sector.

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