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Loss prevention and Psychological Capital

From current research on Positive Organizational Behavior (POB) this PhD project extend previousresearch on POB and safety science into the Norwegian maritime industry. More specifically this study willassess and validate Psychological Capital (PsyCap) as a potential safetycritical benchmark for human factor variables indexing safety climate inaviation and maritime industry:
a) Will employee ratings of PsyCap explain variation in safety climate in safety critical organizations such as aviationand shipping?
b) Will employee ratings of PsyCap also predict positive HSE outcomes in shipping, such as cohesion, loyalty, and job satisfaction in employees?

The industrial application of this project will be to validate PsyCap as a potential new evidence-basedindicator of safety critical behavior that could be indexed in future maritime safety audits.

Publications:

  • Bergheim, K. Nielsen, M.B., & Eid Jarle (2017). Does Psychological Capital moderate the relationship between worries about accidents and sleepiness? International Maritime Health, 68(4):245-25
  • Bergheim, K., Nielsen, M.B., & Eid, J. (2015). The relationship between psychological capital, job satisfaction, and safety perceptions in the maritime industry. Safety Science, 74, 27-36.
  • Bergheim, K., Eid, J., Hystad, S., Larsson, G., Luthans, B., & Mearns, K. (2013). Positive Organizational Behavior and Safety Climate in Air Traffic Controllers. Positive Organizational Behavior and Safety Climate in Air Traffic Controllers. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 20, 232-241.