Chapter 10.1: The Organisation

Chapter 10.1: The Organisation

Organisations make decisions within a socio-political context that encompasses business, technology and industrial relations imperatives. Such decisions have impacts, often latent, on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) risks within the workplace. The OHS professional needs to understand the organisation within which they consult, either internally or externally, so that they can influence the decision to minimise adverse OHS outcomes from decisions related to these imperatives. A socio-technical systems framework is used to discuss these issues.

Keywords: organisation, organisational maturity, leadership, management, culture, strategy, OHS performance measurement
First year of publication: 2012
Current Version: 2012

Chapter 10.1: The Organisation

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Historical context
3 Understanding ‘the organisation’
3.1 Organisational evolution and maturity
3.2 Strategy
3.3 Leadership and culture
3.4 OHS performance and performance measurement
4 Implications for OHS practice
5 Summary
Key thinkers

Dr David Borys PhD, MAppSc(OHS), GDipOHM, GCertEd, AssDipAppSc(OHS), FSIA

Senior Lecturer, VIOSH Australia, University of Ballarat

David Borys is an independent safety educator and researcher based in the United States. He provides research supervision support at RMIT University and Federation University Australia and taught safety management at East Carolina University. Previously he was the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management at Federation University Australia.

Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins PhD.FSIA
School of Sociology, Australian National University

Professor John Toohey BSocWk(Hons), MSW, PhD
Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University

Dr Robert Stacy PhD, MSc, FSIA, MErg,
CPE Group Manager, Zero Harm, Downer

Professor Dennis Else FSIA(Hon)
University of Ballarat; Director, Sustainability, Safety and Health, Brookfield Multiplex

Moderators Associate Professor Susanne Tepe PhD, MBA, MOS, FSIA
RMIT University

Learning Outcomes: The Organisation

The OHS Body of Knowledge takes a conceptual approach which enables it to be applied in different contexts and frameworks.

To optimise its value for education and professional development learning outcomes have been developed for each technical chapter in the Body of Knowledge.

The learning outcomes as described give an indication of what should be the capabilities of an OHS professional; it is up to those developing OHS education programs, OHS professionals planning their CPD or recruiters or employers selecting or developing people for the OHS function to consider the required breadth vs. depth .

Please read the section on using the learning outcomes before delving into the leaning outcomes of the individual chapters.

The numbers against each learning outcome refer to the chapter number of the BOK download page. No learning outcomes have been developed for the chapters considered introductory or underpinning knowledge (that is chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 1, .13, 14, 15.)

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