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Can Your Organization's Culture Influence Decision Making?

Posted 7 years 291 days ago ago by Admin


Story written by Chris Young

Decision-making is a frequent occurrence in our daily lives. As aviation professionals, the choices that we make can certainly have critical implications on the outcome of a flight or maintenance activity. When selecting between several options or different courses of actions we often do so unconsciously, without reference to the influences that might drive our decision. We often do not realize that there is underlying stimulus that can motivate our choices. Studies have shown that there is a definitive relationship between culture and decision-making strategies. We belong to what Allan Stewart describes as “high-reliability organizations.” Due to the catastrophic potential of our work, it is critical that safety culture and decision-making align to enable the best choices.