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Gotcheva, Nadezhda; Aaltonen, Kirsi; Kujala, Jaakko (2020) Governance for safety in inter-organisational project networks. In : Jean-Christophe Le Coze (ed.) Safety Science Research : Evolution, Challenges and New Directions, (pp. 39-54). Boca Raton: CRC Press,

Governance for safety in inter-organisational project networks

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Author: Gotcheva, Nadezhda1; Aaltonen, Kirsi2; Kujala, Jaakko2
Organizations: 1VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
2Industrial Engineering and Management Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: CRC Press, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-08-13


This chapter advances the understanding of what constitutes governance for safety in the context of inter-organisational project networks, comprising multiple autonomous organisations and which interests need to be aligned in order to achieve a joint system-level goal. It focuses on project network governance elements to coordinate, adapt and safeguard work between autonomous project actors. The chapter describes the key elements associated with governance in safety-critical inter-organisational project networks. Goal setting seeks to create shared performance goals for the project that are properly understood by all project actors. Rewarding refers to aligning actors’ goals with project goals by means of incentives. Monitoring seeks to ensure that all actors behave as expected, thereby enabling the use of performance-based incentives. Coordination is required to align the behaviour of each actor so that they can effectively work together. Capability building ensures that project actors have adequate abilities and potential to meet performance expectations.

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ISBN: 978-1-351-19023-7
ISBN Print: 978-0-8153-9268-2
Pages: 39 - 54
DOI: 10.4324/9781351190237-3
Host publication: Safety Science Research : Evolution, Challenges and New Directions
Host publication editor: Le Coze, Jean-Christophe
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2020 by Jean-Christophe Le Coze. CRC Press is an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa Business.