High power-distance has been implicated in many aircraft accidents involving Southeast Asian carriers where crew resource management (CRM) has been identified as a root cause. However, this commentary argues that the design of modern flight decks and their standard operating procedures have an inherent Western (low power-distance) bias within them which exacerbates these CRM issues.
"Subsequent analyses of the same data set (Li, Young, Wang & Harris, 2008) suggested that the patterns of causality between UK and Taiwanese investigators were also very different. For Eastern investigators, many HFACS categories were associated with each other reflecting a pre-disposition for a holistic understanding of the events in their wider context. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This is a conference paper. It can also be found at: http://www.seasdtc.com/events/2009_conference/systems_engineering.htm This paper provides the background rationale for and description of a prototype culture tool, the Soft Factors Modelling Tool (SFMT), which is one of the outputs of a DTC-funded research project. Following an introduction, the paper considers several issues associated with autonomy and culture. A description of the researchers’ Soft Factors Modelling Tool’ and its application is provided.
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