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Exploring the Interrelations Between Safety and Security: Research and Management Challenges

Abstract : This chapter discusses some of the research and management challenges related to the safety and security nexus. In the first part, we address the conceptual connections between safety and security and discuss how different perspectives on how they come together allows for characterizing the complexity and ambivalence of their interrelations. We then go on to identify tradeoffs between safety and security and show that these exist both in theory and practice. Managing both safety and security means tradeoffs and power relations between internal entities and professionals, but also beyond its own boundaries since some vulnerabilities escape the organization’s scope. In the final part of the chapter, we argue that addressing the interrelations between safety and security poses managerial and research challenges that call for global approaches to apprehend the multiple facets of the issue. We explain that little has been done on how the global trends of the risk society bring with them unanticipated and “hidden” effects on organizations safety and security practices and that it is here, as a macro-global oriented approach to organizational safety and security research, that the two fields of safety and security confront a shared research agenda.
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Corinne Bieder, Kenneth Pettersen Gould. Exploring the Interrelations Between Safety and Security: Research and Management Challenges. The Coupling of Safety and Security, Springer, 2020, SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology / SpringerBriefs in Safety Management, 978-3-030-47228-3. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-47229-0_11⟩. ⟨hal-02919888⟩



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