Design for occupational safety and health: A theoretical framework for organisational capability
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Abstract© 2020 Elsevier Ltd For several decades, scholars and practitioners have searched for the underlying causes of occupational safety and health (OSH) incidents on construction projects. One of the insights from the investigations is the fact that the seeds of accidents, fatalities and occupational related ill-health are sown across various design and procurement decisions made during the pre-construction stage of project development. This insight has given rise to the design for occupational safety and health (DfOSH) initiative which has even informed regulations in certain countries, particularly the UK. However, knowledge and understanding of what, specifically, constitutes the organisational capability of design firms of generating designs which are inherently safe is very limited. Hence, this study undertakes a systematic review of prior conceptualisations of organisational capability, carries out contents analyses of the conceptualisations and provides a robust conceptualisation of the construct. The robust conceptualisation underpins the development of a nomological network to operationalise the construct organisational capability in respect of design firms’ ability to ensure design for occupational safety and health (DfOSH). Organisational capability is presented as a multi-dimensional construct that can be operationalised at various levels of specificity. The proposed framework can support the identification of organisational capability gaps that design firms seeking to build their DfOSH capability can address while at the same time assisting project clients to clarify the organisational capability of design firms in the procurement process.
CitationAdaku, E., Ankrah, N.A. and Ndekugri, I.E. (2020) Design for occupational safety and health: A theoretical framework for organisational capability, Safety Science, 133, 105005.
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Elsevier in Safety Science on 24/09/2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2020.105005 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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