Interaction effects of organizational and individual factors on safety leadership in college and university laboratories

Tsung Chih Wu, Chin Chung Li, Chi Hsiang Chen, Chi Min Shu

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Abstract

Satisfactory safety climate and performance are necessary characteristics of a work environment where excellence is sought. Sound leadership is a prerequisite for both these elements. In the context of social systems theory, safety leadership behavior is the result of interaction between organizational and individual factors. Nevertheless, no evidence drawn from empirical investigations has yet been brought forward to support such an argument. The purpose of this study is to explore the interactive effects of organizational and individual factors on safety leadership in college and university laboratories. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to a sample of 754 employees at four colleges and universities in central Taiwan. From them, 465 usable questionnaires were returned, corresponding to a 61.67% response rate. The results indicated that the correlation between safety leadership and individual factors varied according to organizational factors. Hence, the safety leadership perception of employees with various individual characteristics was found to vary with organizational factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-254
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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