Safety Intelligence: Senior Executive Managers and Organizational Safety

Laura Sophie Fruhen, Kathryn Jane Mearns, Barry Kirwan, Rhona Flin

Research output: Contribution to conferenceUnpublished paper


The present study investigates what traits, skills and knowledge of senior executive managers are believed to affect safety outcomes in air traffic management. The impact of senior executive managers on safety outcomes has frequently been highlighted by the academic literature and practitioners, but it has not been fully investigated how these managers exert their impact. To clarify what traits and skills are relevant in this relationship, a sample of senior executive managers articipated in interviews (n=8). A range of skills and traits including social competence, safety knowledge, motivation, personality, safety prioritization and leadership style are identified as relevant by the present sample. Based on this, the authors make suggestions regarding future research and possible applications.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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