Major accidents in the last few decades have questioned the reliability and performance of industrial safety, and evidenced the foremost role played by human and organizational issues. In this context, the concept of “safety leadership” has emerged. It relates to how, through the interactions with their socio-technical environment, leaders influence the way individuals and groups understand and adhere to organizational safety goals and to the means to achieve them. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its member states have since recognized the importance of safety leadership and included it in their fundamental safety principles.
In 2016, the IAEA General Conference adopted a resolution calling for the development of specific training on safety leadership. The European Union is involved in this call, especially through its Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC).
The ELSE project was initiated in this context. Its aim is to develop a new research-based approach for education in the domain of safety leadership.
ELSE has three objectives:
The ELSE Project is managed by the University Nice Côte d’Azur with the support of the European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute (ENSTTI).
The ELSE consortium includes two partners and one key contractor:
Université Côte d’Azur:
Catherine Thomas, Université Côte d’Azur, ELSE Project Leader,
Renata Kaminska, SKEMA/Université Côte D’Azur, ELSE Key Expert,
Natalia Jubault Krasnopevtseva, SKEMA/ Université Côte d’Azur, ELSE Research and Training Assistant
ENSTTI: Dr Didier Louvat, ENSTTI- ELSE Consortium Member and Anna Benattar ENSTTI – ELSE Consortium Member
JR Conseil: Jacques Repussard, ELSE Contractor, Chair ELSE Steering Committee
The ELSE Team at the inception meeting, Bruxelles, European Commission.
From left to rigth : Didier Louvat, Anna Bennatar, Catherine Thomas, Jacques Repussard, Renata Kaminska
Photo / R. Kaminska
A Project Steering Committee is set up to oversee the pedagogical and scientific approach, with an objective to ensure that the needs of key stakeholders (national safety authorities and their TSO’s or nuclear operators) are well apprehended, and to prepare for future European academic partnerships in the field of leadership for safety.
The ELSE project aims to develop a new research-based approach to education in the domain of safety leadership. This transdisciplinary research domain deals with a variety of themes such as safety culture, organizational resilience, high reliability organizations, organizational mindfulness and leadership. In order to conduct multidisciplinary research on organizational safety leadership, we organized an international workshop on January 22 – 24, 2020.
This workshop served a double objective:
It helped identify the state-of-the-art knowledge on the topic of safety leadership/leadership for safety, which in turn will help to design a training program for managers and students.
It brought together together scientists from the different disciplines and the nuclear sector actors. This interdisciplinary and inter-professional network will guarantee the highest relevance of the ELSE training program, which will be based on a continually updated knowledge on safety leadership/leadership for safety.
Read the ELSE report 2020 here.
Academics : DEN AUWER Christophe (Université Côte d’Azur, France) , DENYER David (Cranfield School of Management, UK) , ERMINE Jean Louis (Institut Mines-Telecom, Jean-Louis Ermine Consulting, France), FLIN Rhona (University of Aberdeen, UK), FOX Dennis (Université Côte d’Azur, France) , GHERARDI Silvia (Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy), GROTE Gudela (ETH Zürich, Swizerland) , GUNTZBURGER Yoann (SKEMA Business School, France) , HOFMANN A. David (University of North Carolina Kenan-Flangler Business School, USA), JEANSON Aurélie (CNRS Université Côte D’Azur , France), JESCHKE Katharina Christiane (National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark) , JOURNE Benoit (Université de Nantes IAE Nantes, France) , KUDESIA Ravi S. (Fox School of Business, Temple University, USA) , OBORN Eivor (Warwick Business School, UK), OLIVER Nick (University of Edinburgh Business School, UK), PILBEAM Colin (Cranfield University , UK) , ROUBY Evelyne (Université Côte d’Azur, France), TURNER Nick (Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada), ZOHAR Dov (Faculty of IE & Management at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Nuclear sector experts : ABDULKADER Usama (CEA, France), DRUENNE Hubert ( ENGIE/Tractebel, Belgium), JEFFROY Francois (IRSN, France), LAGRANGE Valérie (EDF, France), MORACHO Ramirez Maria (IAEA, Austria), NYS Vincent (WENRA, Belgium), PAVEL Gabriel (ENEN , EU), PINEL Cyril (ETSON, EU /IRSN France), TAZI Dounia (ICSI, France)
European Comission: PINSOLLE Xavier (European Commission INSC Sector – DG International Cooperation and Development) , JANATKOVA Karolína (Instrument for the Nuclear Safety Cooperation of the European Commission, Belgium)
Project team members: BENATTAR Anna (ENSTTI France), JUBAULT KRASNOPEVTSEVA Natalia (SKEMA Business School/ Université Côte d’Azur, France), KAMINSKA Renata (SKEMA Business School/ Université Côte d’Azur, France), LOUVAT Didier (ENSTTI-France), REPUSSARD Jacques ( J Repussard Conseil France), THOMAS Catherine (Université Côte d’Azur, France)
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