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Safety and the use of management control systems and Key Performance Indicators at a Swedish nuclear powerplant
University of Gothenburg.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3203-7062
2016 (English)In: SRA Europe 2nd Nordic Chapter Meeting in Gothenburg 14‐15 November, 2016: Book of abstracts, Gothenburg Research Institute , 2016, 12-12 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Continuous control, testing and maintenance of systems and components are of utmost importance for maintaining safety at a nuclear power plant (NPP). And key elements for safe practice in organizations overall are often claimed to be adaptation, change and the ability to reflect and maneuver in paradoxical situations.  Identifying new innovative ways of organizing in order to control growing demands regarding safety, efficiency, quality, reliability, profitability etc. is a challenge in all types of organizations. Following this development organizational and management controltheory and practice have progressed rapidly inorganizations in recent years and one profound idea to manage and control for organizational efficiency and success is to implement management control systems (MCS:s) in which Key Performance Indicators (KPI:s) playa key role.  This paper will present an example of when a safety KPI at a NPP was presented as green,orange and red simultaneously within the same NPP. Questions raised were: how could this happen? and what consequences might this have upon safety?  What was found is that different stakeholder demands were being met at different levels of the organization when reporting the safety KPI in three different ways.However no deeper analysis of what consequences this might bring in terms of safety was conducted at anylevel.  There exists some research on how management control systems and KPI:s shape organizational outcomes. However there exists a knowledge gap considering the long term effects the use of such systems and measurements have upon i.e. safety.   

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Gothenburg Research Institute , 2016. 12-12 p.
Keyword [en]
Risks, powerplants
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10186OAI: diva2:1050503
SRA Europe 2nd Nordic Chapter Meeting in Gothenburg 14-15 November, 2016
Available from: 2016-11-29 Created: 2016-11-29 Last updated: 2016-11-29Bibliographically approved

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