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    • 01 Jul 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Huntsville, Alabama, USA

    'Reimagining Systems Engineering and Management'

    Hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville

    October 18th – 21st, 2017

    Marriott Hotel  - Huntsville, Alabama, USA


    • 08 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual (Registration Required)

    Sponsored by ASEM - IISE/SEMS - CAE- ABEPRO


    Nicolas Dechy

    Error Management - Management Practices of Learning From Errors in High Risk Industries

    Accidents are caused by multiple causes, influence factors, conditions that occur at a variety of sociotechnical levels (equipment failure, staffing inadequacy, deficient management, lack of regulatory oversight) along a timeline that can last for years. Indeed, latent failures, weak signals, precursors, near-misses, alerts, are not treated accordingly. Lessons from industrial accidents show that failures to learn are one of the recurring root and systemic causes of accidents. Starting from these lessons, the stakes, challenges and requirements are identified and can be adapted. They are discussed with regards to some good practices and recent changes in some high-risk industries.

    Presenter Biography

    Nicolas Dechy is currently employed at the French National Institute of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (IRSN) that provides expertise to the regulator. He conducts organizational and human factors assessment of safety and radiation protection management of maintenance activities, subcontracting, and emergency response in the aftermath of Fukushima. As an engineer, he has expert experience in the field of accident investigation (Toulouse disaster), chemical risk assessment, emergency response and crisis management in process safety (Seveso). He has conducted several assessments, studies, engineering and researches on learning from experience especially on failures and barriers to learn with European Safety and Reliability Data Association and Institut pour la maîtrise des risques association.

    This webinar is the fourth in a four-part series.

    Webinar Series

    What happens if someone makes a mistake or takes the wrong decision? The issue here is not intentional misconduct, fraudulent behaviour, gross negligence or large-scale mismanagement, but the little mistakes, errors and poor decisions that occur every single day. Mostly, errors are the result of momentary blackouts, a temporary short circuit in the brain, false impressions, deceptive memories, dots wrongly joined, fragments of conversation that we interpret incorrectly, prejudices, momentary feelings of mental imbalance, disorientation, stress and other disturbances.

    What does this mean for larger organizations? From research we know that speaking-up when spotting errors is not the norm in organizations. Mistakes are still associated with shame and embarrassment. Yet factual error management can work and be successful as can be seen by studying high reliability organizations such as aviation, medicine, and the nuclear industry.

    In the webinar series on error management we will look into the practices and learnings from these high reliability organizations. Apart from the specifics of the different industries we will reflect on what is necessary to establish an effective open error culture. This includes psychological safety to enable communication across hierarchical levels, a system of error reporting, a leadership culture, where people are empowered to speak up, and how humans interact in complex systems.

    The speakers are either researchers or practitioners and provide insights into lessons learned from their field. The series will explore how these learnings may be applied in other organizations.

    The webinar series is scheduled as follows. Please note that EACH webinar has its own URL for registration.

    June 20 - Introduction to error management (Jan Hagen, ESMT Berlin) - 1:00 PM EDT
    Register here: https://www.asem.org/event-2566166

    July 11 - Error management and reporting culture in aviation (Thomas Wilpert, Air Berlin) - 1:00 PM EDT
    Register here: https://www.asem.org/event-2568371

    July 25 - Empowerment as tool for error management in medicine (Jan Brommundt, University Medical Center Groningen) - 1:00 PM EDT
    Register here: https://www.asem.org/event-2568393

    August 8 - Management practices of learning from errors in high risk industries (Nicolas Dechy, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire) - 1:00 PM EDT
    Register here: https://www.asem.org/event-2568621
    • 11 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 AM
    • http://asem.org/ASEM-Scholarships

    The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) awards a $500 undergraduate scholarship and $500 graduate scholarship each academic year.

    Scholarship Requirements:  To be eligible, at the time the application is submitted, applicants must be current members of ASEM, must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program (minimum of 12 hours for undergraduate students or 9 hours for graduate students), must have a graduation date at least a year into the future, and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.5 for graduate students.

    Please visit  http://asem.org/ASEM-Scholarships for more information, including application link, etc.

Past events

25 Jul 2017 Webinar - Empowerment as a Tool for Error Management in Medicine
11 Jul 2017 Webinar - Just Culture in Aviation
06 Jul 2017 3rd Intl Joint Conference (IJC 2017) on “New Global Perspectives on Industrial Engineering and Management”.
30 Jun 2017 Members, Vote for 2017 Secretary!
30 Jun 2017 Nominations for 2017 Society Awards are Due!
20 Jun 2017 Webinar - Error Mangement Introduction
01 Jun 2017 Transition to the 4th Edition of the EMBOK for Certification as a Professional or Associate of Engineering Management
30 May 2017 Nominate the next ASEM Secretary!
27 Oct 2016 Workshops Offered at ASEM 2016 IAC
04 Oct 2016 October 4, 2016 - 2:00-3:00pm EST Webinar - "Up the Ladder: Transitioning from a Technical to a Managerial Role"
15 Aug 2016 2016 ASEM IAC Early Bird Registration
15 Aug 2016 Extended! Nomination Request for the 2016 Engineering Management Dissertation Award
03 Aug 2016 WEBINAR - "Practice and Impacts of Chinese Emission Trading Scheme"
15 Jun 2016 ASEM Treasurer Position Announcement
13 Apr 2016 WEBINAR - "Managing Business Performance: The Science and Art"
01 Apr 2016 Call for Papers - The Second International Forum on Engineering Management & the 10th China Engineering Management Forum (IFEM & CEMF 2016)
07 Mar 2016 2016 ASEM IAC Abstract submission opportunity extended 1 week!
15 Feb 2016 2016 IAC DUE DATE: Submit Tutorials, Workshops, Panels, Roundtables and Special Sessions proposals
16 Nov 2015 Board of Directors
21 Oct 2015 Webinar - ASEM Program Certification
07 Oct 2015 ASEM International Annual Conference

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